The Republic of Ireland shares some of the economic problems of the Third World, and the political structures of the First World. This book investigates the political causes and consequences of the economic policy choices made in Ireland since independence. It addresses many key debates in political economy and development studies, and is a contribution to analysis of the role of the state in the international economy.
'This is an intelligent analysis of industrial policy in Ireland, fluently written and persuasively presented … [His] study skilfully blends intellectual history and economic analysis. It is an impressive performance … a book that deserves close attention from both students of Irish economic development and of dependency theory.' J. J. Lee, University College, Cork
Introduction; 1. Reflex modernization: state, ideology and dependent development; 2. Perils of planning: foreign capital, domestic policy, and the problem of state 'strength'; 3. The pale replica; 4. The rising tide; 5. Pushbuttons and pragmatists; 6. Governability and corporatist compromise; 7. Getting it right: debt, taxes, and industrial strategy; Afterword: 1991–3.