The Making of Fianna Fáil Power in Ireland, 1923-1948
Title: The Making of Fianna Fáil Power in Ireland, 1923-1948
Author: DUNPHY, Richard
Publisher: Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press
Citation: Oxford, Clarendon Press/New York, Oxford University Press, 1995
This is the first major study of the origins, development, and strategies of Fianna Fail; showing how the party achieved its central role in Irish politics. Dunphy explores its historical development, looking at its organizational structure, the evolution of party ideology, and the interactions between party and state. He analyses how the changing social structure of Ireland affected Fianna Fail policies, and demonstrates how the inadequacies of rival political parties' responses to crises benefited Fianna Fail. The author locates the historical experience of Fianna Fail rule in Ireland within the broader dimensions of European politics. The result is a fascinating mixture of detailed empirical research and broader theoretical analysis which reconstructs Fianna Fail's rise to power and explains how it retained its position of dominance.
(Published version of EUI PhD theses, 1988.)