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Understanding Contemporary Ireland : State, Class and Development in the Republic of Ireland - Richard Breen

Understanding Contemporary Ireland

State, Class and Development in the Republic of Ireland

Paperback Published: 5th January 1990
ISBN: 9780333524961
Number Of Pages: 248

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The Republic of Ireland in 1958 abandoned its self-imposed isolation from the modern world for the promise of social and economic progress. State initiatives to promote industrial development coincided with an expanding world economy, and served to promote rapid and radical change in almost every aspect of Irish society. However, the massive growth served to reinforce, not weaken the class barriers, and the policies of successive governments generated change without achieving economic prosperity. The aim of this study is to assemble and interpret these economic and social changes since 1960, placing them in the context of the Irish experience since independence, and comparing Ireland's problems and economic progress to that of other developed countries. The authors argue that the late and rapid economic development transformed the Republic of Ireland without securing either economic prosperity or equality of opportunity.

Preface - Introduction: The Transformation of Ireland's Social Structure - The Evolution and Structure of the Irish State - The Transformation of the Class Structure: Occupations, Opportunities and Occupants - The State and the Distribution and Redistribution of Income - State, Class and Family - Education: The Promise of Reform and the Growth of Credentialism - Employment, Unemployment and Industrial Policy - Industrial Relations and the State - Agriculture: Policy and Politics - The Ebbing Tide - References - Index

ISBN: 9780333524961
ISBN-10: 0333524969
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 5th January 1990
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 11