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    Ireland: Celtic Tiger in Austerity — Explaining Irish Path Dependency

    Murphy, Mary P. (2014) Ireland: Celtic Tiger in Austerity — Explaining Irish Path Dependency. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22 (2). pp. 132-142. ISSN 1478-2804

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    Previous Irish crises have proved to be path shaping. The paper argues many features of Irish policy responses to crisis including low taxation, user charges, privatisation, deregulation and more conditional welfare are consistent and at times intensify the liberal deregulated low tax model that characterised the pre-crisis Celtic Tiger model. It makes the case that the differential impacts on Irish citizens were significant enough in scale and impact to occasion a critical juncture and significant shifts in political cleavage or a double movement and asks why there has been no path shaping critical juncture. This article explores why Irish path dependence is so strong in this crisis and utilises Hay's (2004) analytical framework and a mixed method approach to explain the gradient and orientation of change as an outcome of the relationship between institutions, interests and ideas. It concludes an elite political coalition reshaped institutions and sustained a strong narrative to maintain path dependency.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: To cite this article: Mary P. Murphy (2014) Ireland: Celtic Tiger in Austerity—Explaining Irish Path Dependency, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22:2, 132-142, DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2014.902367
    Keywords: Ireland; austerity; interests; ideas; institutions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9055
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    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Murphy
    Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 16:36
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary European Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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