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Having One's Cake and Being Eaten too: Irish Neo-liberal Corporatism

Gerry Boucher and Grainne Collins

Review of Social Economy, 2003, vol. 61, issue 3, 295-316

Abstract: This paper argues that neo-liberal globalization has neither homogenized Ireland's institutional social economy nor forced a retreat into an Irish cultural fortress. Instead, the elite community of Irish social partners responded to its own national crisis, American led globalization and European integration by taking the country in two apparently contradictory directions at once: towards European neo-corporatism and Anglo-American neo-liberalism. In so doing, they refashioned Ireland's liberal corporatist welfare state into a new form of Irish neo-liberal corporatism symbolically situated between Boston, Berlin and London. However, it is unclear if the internal tensions generated within Irish society by this attempt to reconcile apparent contradictions, and the changing external environment, will allow the Irish to continue having their cake and eating it too.

Keywords: globalization; neo-liberalism; neo-corporatism; Irish institutional social economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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