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The Politics of High Tech Growth
Developmental Network States in the Global Economy

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Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

  • Author: Sean O'Riain, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711876

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  • Driven by high tech foreign investment, the "Celtic Tiger" economy in the Republic of Ireland was one of the economic "success stories" of the 1990s. This book argues, however, that the state played a central role in developing the Celtic Tiger economy as well, and particularly, the increasingly important Irish high tech industry. Typically seen as an example of successful market-led globalization, high tech growth in Ireland has actually been promoted by a new form of state intervention in the economy--one that fosters local networks of support through decentralized state institutions drawing on extensive local, national and global resources.

    • This is the most detailed and comprehensive study of the social organization and political institutions of the Celtic Tiger economy
    • The book advances a new set of concepts for understanding the variety of ways in which states can shape economic development
    • The book challenges the interpretation of the rise of a global information economy as a market-led phenomenon
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    “Ó'Riain makes a very important contribution to comparative studies of development by arguing that the same model of network development can be inspired by very different political ideologies. He focuses the attention on neo-liberalism, conservatism (i.e. paternalism) and social democracy. Each of these three ideologies goes hand in hand with a different set of political bargains over socioeconomic inequality, risk, security, governance. This is in essence the powerful message that this book offers to students of economic development: politics does not stand in the way of economic development; rather, different political patterns shape the way a country achieves economic well-being and have distinct consequences for the distribution of new riches across the population.” --Social Forces, Mauro F. Guillen, University of Pennsylvania

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711876
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.338kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Development in the Global Information Economy:
    1. Networks of development: globalization, high technology, and the Celtic Tiger
    2. State developmentalisms and capitalist globalizations
    3. Explaining the Celtic Tiger
    Part II. Software and the Celtic Tiger:
    4. 'Location Nation': remaking society for foreign investment
    5. Indigenous innovation and the developmental network state
    6. Making global and local
    7. The class politics of the global region
    Part III. The Politics of the Developmental Network State:
    8. Institutions of the developmental network state
    9. Politics and change in developmental regimes
    10. Developmental bureaucratic and network states in comparative perspective
    11. Futures of the network state
    Appendix A. Methodology of the study

  • Author

    Sean O'Riain, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Seán Ó Riain is Professor of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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