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Clean from the 1st $10 billion election crusade, award-winning authors exhibit how unbridled crusade spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signs the top of our democracy.

Blending vibrant reporting from the 2012 crusade path and deep point of view from a long time masking American and overseas media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney clarify how US elections have gotten managed, predictable businesses which are controlled by way of a brand new type of specialists who wield thousands of greenbacks and outline our politics as by no means ahead of. because the funds will get bigger—especially after the electorate United ruling—and journalism, a middle fee and stability at the executive, declines, americans are at risk of turning into much less trained and extra open to manipulation. With groundbreaking behind-the-scenes reporting and magnificent new learn on “the cash power,” Dollarocracy exhibits that this new energy doesn't simply endanger electoral politics; it's a problem to the DNA of yank democracy itself.

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285-303 in Paul Mitchell and Rick Wilford (eds), Politics in NorthernIreland (Boulder CO: Westview and PSAI Press, 1999). 14. Lucy Mansergh, 'Two referendums and the Referendum Commission: the 1998 experience', Irish PoliticalStudies 14 (1999), pp. 123-31, at p. 126. 15. Richard Dunphy, 'A group of individuals trying to do their best: the dilemmas of Democratic Left', Irish Political Studies 13 (1998), pp. 50-75, at p. 57. 20 How Ireland Voted 2002 16. Irish Times, 4 August 1998. 17. Agreement on the Union of The Labour Party and Democratic Left, December 1998.

2 Employment growth (0005) 1995-2000 Source: Department of Finance. spending and the state of the public finances found no real outlet amongst the opposition parties. The single most important fact for the government was that it had presided over the greatest boom in the country's history and electorally this is what would be stressed during the election campaign. It was to be Fianna Fail's trump card, and one that the opposition found almost impossible to counter. The Northern Ireland peace process For the first few months of 1998, Northern Ireland was to dominate the political agenda in the Republic to the extent that normal political discourse was virtually absent.

The catalyst for this was the performance of the party's candidate in Dublin South-East, the Attorney General Michael McDowell. McDowell, who had narrowly lost his seat in 1997, lost no time in attacking Fianna Fail, complaining that its plan for a national stadium, the so-called 'Bertie Bowl', had echoes of the Ceausescu regime in Romania. In the last week of the campaign, with Fianna Fail at 45 per cent in the polls, the PDs cast serious doubts on the trustworthiness of their government partners by vividly warning of the danger of an overall Fianna Fail majority.

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