In Blog, Politicsby Fedayn10 Comments


If you have to steal one book from the library this year make it this one. Julien Mercille’s definitive analysis of the Irish media’s propagandist publishing in favour of an increasingly wealthy and powerful elite.

Yes, yes there’s a special section on Marc Coleman.

Check the reviews before you fork over the €112 on Amazon:

“One of the most important political economy books of the year… Set to become the definitive account of the media’s role in Ireland’s boom and bust.”

– Dr. Tom McDonnell, Macroeconomist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI)

“A book of record… An exceptionally rare example of an academically rigorous analysis forcing the powerful light of transparency and exposure into the murky world of Irish policy advocacy and punditry… A captivating account.”

– Constantin Gurdgiev, Trinity College Dublin

“Shows how the ‘responsible’, ‘balanced’, ‘non-ideological’ Irish media have consistently supported policies that favour elites and disfavour most people, notably people in disadvantaged communities.”

– Vincent Browne, Broadcaster and journalist.

“Julien Mercille has filled an important gap in our understanding not only of how a nation implemented irrational austerity policies, but how media institutions played a central role in ensuring people tolerated them.”

– Michael Taft, Research Officer, Unite the Union.

“Julien Mercille delivers both a stinging critique of how Irish media narrowed the debate on crisis and austerity and a comprehensive analysis of that limited public discourse.”

– Seán Ó Riain, Author of The Rise and Fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger.

“A highly recommended read for its analyses of the crises and of the neo-liberal interpretation from the media.”

– Malcolm Sawyer, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Leeds.

“An invaluable concise history of Ireland’s public discussion of economic issues in the years before and after the demise of the Celtic Tiger.”

– Terrence McDonough, Professor of Economics, National University of Ireland Galway.

You can follow Julien Mercille on Twitter here.


  1. Such a shame Routledge has chosen to publish this at €112/£89: obviously they don’t think it will sell more than 500 copies. If they priced it at €15.99/£11.99 they’d be on a winner and Julien Mercille would see some real recognition and readership for his work (and a bit of proper money).

  2. If it’s the same guy I’m thinking of, there was a podcast earlier this year on this topic. I can’t remember the name of the website though.

  3. His expensive words are only for the rich/biased media types he is trying to expose. Hmmmm

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