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"Employment programs in Ireland 1987-1999: National, sub-national and supra -national governance in a globalized political economy"

Boyle, Nigel. (2003) "Employment programs in Ireland 1987-1999: National, sub-national and supra -national governance in a globalized political economy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines how sovereignty is being reconfigured in the Irish political economy. The constitutive features of the "Celtic Tiger" are characterized as: (a) a strategically "competitive nationalism" focused on maximizing foreign direct investment, (b) a simultaneously internationalized and localized domestic governance regime centered on a European model of "competitive social partnership," and (c) a "flexible developmental state" that enjoyed "embedded autonomy." The conventional explanation of the Celtic Tiger focuses on the alliance between an insulated, technocratic state agency, the Industrial Development Authority, and multinational corporations. This paper examines the role of FAS, the Irish Training and Employment Authority, the agency responsible for active labor market policy. It identifies a crucial coalition between FAS, the European Commission and local/regional social entrepreneurs as the basis for an interventionist policy that has been critical to the success of the tiger economy. The parochial and highly responsive nature of Irish politics and the sovereignty-diffusing role of the EU can be seen to be the driving forces behind dramatic policy and institutional innovation.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ireland
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international economy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > globalisation/globalization
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > employment/unemployment
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level > subnational/regional/territorial
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 38
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2843

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