Kieran Allen
Search for other papers by Kieran Allen in
Current site
manchesterhive
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Neither Boston nor Berlin
Class polarisation and neo-liberalism in the Irish Republic
in The end of Irish history?

Celtic Tiger shows that one can use the rhetoric about 'social solidarity' while actually implementing policies which increase class polarisation. The growing difficulties with the US model cast a new light on the 'Boston or Berlin?' debate which emerged in the last phase of the Celtic Tiger. The dominance of neo-liberalism in Irish economics means that the US boom of the 1990s is accepted simply as given and as implicitly proving the benefits of deregulated markets. Information and communications technologies account for 40 per cent of total exports from the Irish Republic, having grown at an annual average rate of twenty-three per cent between 1993 and 2000. The period of social partnership has coincided with a wider change whereby the ratio of social security spending to gross domestic product (GDP) fell markedly in Ireland.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
  • Top

The end of Irish history?

Critical reflections on the Celtic Tiger

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 677 98 15
PDF Downloads 784 123 12