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The Celtic Tiger in Distress : Growth with Inequality in Ireland - P. Kirby

The Celtic Tiger in Distress

Growth with Inequality in Ireland

By: P. Kirby

Paperback Published: 12th December 2001
ISBN: 9780333964361
Number Of Pages: 253

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Ireland's Celtic Tiger economy has been held up as a model of successful development in a globalized world, offering lessons for other late developing countries. It interrogates the principal theoretical approaches which have been used to analyze the Celtic Tiger, particularly neo-classical economics, and finds them inadequate to capture its ambiguities or address its developmental deficit. Elaborating an alternative approach, drawing particularly on the work of Karl Polanyi, the book offers an interpretation which captures more fully the ways in which the Irish State has made itself subservient to market forces. The options now facing Irish society are mapped out through a critical examination of globalization, identifying possibilities for development and social action.

'Kirby's case study of Ireland shows how different countries with different positions in the world economy and different social and economic structures connect in different ways with the globalization process...This study advances our understanding of the complexity and pitfalls of the globalization phenomenon in general; and it provides a sound basis for rethinking Ireland's and the EU's future in the light of the Irish vote against the Nice treaty.'- Professor Robert W. Cox, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto

List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Map: 'Ireland of the Welcomes'p. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Ireland as a 'role model'p. 1
Three difficultiesp. 3
Outlinep. 7
The Celtic Tigerp. 9
Pre-Historyp. 11
Ireland: a newly industrialising country (NIC)p. 12
Phases of Irish developmentp. 14
Characteristics of Irish industrialisationp. 20
Ireland and the NICsp. 23
Sharing the benefits?p. 26
Conclusionsp. 28
Nature and Causesp. 29
Evidence of successp. 31
Towards a high-tech economyp. 33
Institutional transformationp. 39
Learning the lessonsp. 43
Conclusionsp. 46
Impactp. 47
Living standardsp. 48
Distributionp. 55
Inequalitiesp. 60
Quality of lifep. 65
Conclusionsp. 68
Understanding the Celtic Tigerp. 69
Mainstream Explanationsp. 71
Explanations from mainstream economicsp. 71
Understanding economic growthp. 77
Dominant assumptionsp. 81
Conclusionsp. 88
Critical Explanationsp. 89
Dependency theory, Marxismp. 89
Political economyp. 96
Expanding theoretical boundariesp. 105
Conclusionsp. 106
Elaborating Theoryp. 108
The changing self-understanding of the social sciencesp. 109
Towards an adequate theoretical frameworkp. 110
Theoretical contributionsp. 113
Towards an international political economy of developmentp. 124
Towards an International Political Economy of Ireland's Development in the 1990sp. 127
Statep. 129
A developmental state?p. 130
A distributive state?p. 132
Dilemmasp. 141
A competition statep. 142
Conclusionsp. 144
Marketp. 145
State or market?p. 146
Deferring to the marketp. 147
Outcomesp. 155
Cultural discourse and market logicp. 157
An Irish neo-liberalismp. 160
Conclusionsp. 163
Societyp. 164
Developmentp. 165
Society as structurep. 168
Social corrosionp. 173
Politicsp. 175
The Irish modelp. 180
Conclusionsp. 181
Futuresp. 183
Optionsp. 185
Where Ireland has got top. 185
Globalisationp. 189
Where Ireland might gop. 195
Meansp. 199
Conclusions: contested meaningsp. 203
Websitesp. 205
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780333964361
ISBN-10: 0333964365
Series: Growth with Inequality in Ireland
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 12th December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1