© 2002

The Celtic Tiger in Distress

Growth with Inequality in Ireland


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Celtic Tiger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 11-28
    3. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 29-46
    4. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 47-68
  4. Understanding the Celtic Tiger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 71-88
    3. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 89-107
    4. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 108-125
  5. Towards an International Political Economy of Ireland’s Development in the 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 129-144
    3. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 145-163
    4. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 164-181
  6. Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Peadar Kirby
      Pages 185-204
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-253

About this book


Ireland's Celtic Tiger economy has been held up as a model of successful development in a globalized world, offering lessons for other late developing countries. It interrogates the principal theoretical approaches which have been used to analyze the Celtic Tiger, particularly neo-classical economics, and finds them inadequate to capture its ambiguities or address its developmental deficit. Elaborating an alternative approach, drawing particularly on the work of Karl Polanyi, the book offers an interpretation which captures more fully the ways in which the Irish State has made itself subservient to market forces. The options now facing Irish society are mapped out through a critical examination of globalization, identifying possibilities for development and social action.


economy globalization political economy work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationsDublin City UniversityIreland

About the authors

PEADER KIRBY is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication at Dublin City University, Ireland. A former journalist with The Irish Times and Noticias Aliadas (Lima, Peru), he has written a number of books on development, Ireland and Latin America.

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'Kirby's case study of Ireland shows how different countries with different positions in the world economy and different social and economic structures connect in different ways with the globalization process...This study advances our understanding of the complexity and pitfalls of the globalization phenomenon in general; and it provides a sound basis for rethinking Ireland's and the EU's future in the light of the Irish vote against the Nice treaty.'- Professor Robert W. Cox, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto