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Irish Business & Society: Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century


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Irish Business and Society is a contemporary exploration of the wide-ranging debates surrounding the relationships between business and society in 21st century Ireland, providing a context in which to question and inform our perspectives on both. The book consists of diverse and thought-provoking contributions from leading business researchers, economists, sociologists and political scientists from Ireland and abroad, which address five central themes: -- The Making and Unmaking of the Celtic Tiger -- Governance, Regulation & Justice -- Partnership & Participation -- The nature of Irish Borders within Ireland, Europe & the Wider World -- Interests & Concerns in Contemporary Ireland
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... So, secondly, while academic commentators from different perspectives do agree that the educational advance Osborne also referred to was a significant factor in the Celtic Tiger's rise (Barry 2007;2010a;Lane 2011), the circumstances of its success are seen as particular and not easily replicable in the UK. It was not the Irish state that above all financed the transformation of education. ...
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Employing the critical juncture theory, a discursive institutionalist approach, this article examines the nature of changes to Irish industrial policy and to Mexican macroeconomic policy in the early 1980s. Were these significant changes, or were they continuations of previously established policy pathways? The critical juncture theory consists of three elements—economic crisis, ideational change, and the nature of the policy change—that we must identify to be able to declare with some certainty if the policy changes constituted critical junctures. Our findings will help explain why Irish industrial policy did not undergo a radical transformation during the 1980s, whereas Mexican macroeconomic policy underwent major change. Haciendo uso de la teoría crítica de la coyuntura, es decir, de un enfoque institucionalista, este artículo examina la naturaleza de los cambios en la política industrial de Irlanda y en la política macroeconómica de México en los principios de la década de 1980. ¿Estos cambios de política constituyen transformaciones o eran simplemente una continuación de las políticas previamente establecidas? La teoría crítica de la coyuntura se compone de tres elementos—la crisis económica, el cambio ideacional y la naturaleza del cambio de política—que debemos identificar para ser capaces de afirmar con cierta certeza si los cambios en las políticas constituyeron momentos críticos. Nuestros hallazgos ayudarán a explicar por qué la política industrial irlandesa no sufrió una transformación radical durante la década de 1980, mientras que la política macroeconómica mexicana sí se sometió a un cambio importante en esa década
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In this article we build on Jones and Spicer’s (2009) conceptualization of the entrepreneur as an empty signifier. We explore the function of the signifier ‘entrepreneurship’ within a social context marked by crisis: Ireland 2007–2010. In doing so, we show how its articulation by government acted to legitimize the continuation of market logics and, relatedly, the existing political status quo. Theoretically, we demonstrate the usefulness of Laclau and Mouffe’s conception of hegemony, which shares a Lacanian legacy with Jones and Spicer. This helps us to understand the contradictory nature of the signifier of the entrepreneur in Irish political and social discourse, along with its relationship to the reproduction of political hegemony.
We examine how the discourse in three radio interviews, between 2008 and 2010, with the then Irish Minister for Finance, constructed state support, including a banking guarantee, to private sector banks in Ireland. These interviews provide insights into the kind of neoliberal discourse that was prevalent in Ireland during what is referred to as the Celtic Tiger period. Neoliberal discourse is a free market ideology, yet it is precisely the workings of the market mechanism that the state prevented from operating by intervening on the banks' behalf. Analysis of the interviews thus provides a stark example of neoliberal discourse under strain, but persistent, within the context of a financial crisis that threatened the Irish economy. The analysis specifically focuses on the work done by the Minister, in these interviews, in maintaining a separation between the concerns of the market and the state.
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