Austerity and Recovery in Ireland: Europe's Poster Child and the Great Recession

ISBN : 9780198825159

William K. Roche; Philip J. O'Connell; Andrea Prothero
368 ページ
153 x 234 mm

This book presents a systematic analysis of the Great Recession, austerity, and subsequent recovery in Ireland. It discusses the effects of recession and austerity across a wide range of areas of economic, business, political, and social life, and addresses the extent to which the Irish response to the recession led to significant changes in economic policy and in business, work, consumption, the labour market, and society. The book argues that Ireland should not be regarded as a poster child for austerity. While fiscal contraction provided a basis for stabilizing the perilous finances of the State, economic recovery was due in the main to the long-established structure of Irish economic and business activity, to the importance of foreign direct investment and the dynamic export sector, and to recovery in the international economy.


1 William K. Roche, Philip O'Connell, and Andrea Prothero: Introduction 'Poster Child' or 'Beautiful Freak'?: Austerity and Recovery in Ireland
2 Sean O Riain: The Road to Austerity
3 Stephen Kinsella: Economic and Fiscal Policy
4 Frank Barry and Adele Bergin: Business
5 Gregory Connor, Thomas Flavin, and Brian O'Kelly: The Financial Sector
6 Blanaid Clarke: Banking Regulation
7 Marius C. Claudy, Andrew Keating, and Andrea Prothero: Consumption
8 Paul Teague: Ireland and the 'GIPS' Countries
9 David M. Farrell: Political Reform
10 Brigid Laffan: International Actors and Agencies
11 William K. Roche: Workplaces
12 Richard Boyle: Public Service Reform
13 Philip J. O'Connell: Unemployment and Labour Market Policy
14 Kathleen Lynch, Sarah Cantillon, and Margaret Crean: Inequality
15 Rob Kitchin, Rory Hearne, and Cian O'Callaghan: Housing
16 Irial Glynn and Philip J. O'Connell: Migration
17 Donald Taylor Black: Culture


William K. Roche is Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources at the College of Business, University College Dublin and Honorary Professor at the Management School, Queen's University, Belfast. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was Heyworth Memorial Prize Research Fellow of Nuffield College. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed journals in industrial relations and human resource management. His recent books include Managing Conflict at Work: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ireland (with P. Teague, T. Gormley, and D. Currie, Institute of Public Administration, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management in Organizations (with P. Teague and A. Colvin, OUP, 2014), and Recession at Work: HRM in the Irish Crisis (with P. Teague, A. Coughlan and M. Fahy, Routledge, 2013).; Philip J. O'Connell is Professor of Applied Social Science at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin, and Director of the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. Most of his work focuses on the labour market and on migration. He has an enduring interest in equality at work and in access to employment, and has published papers on wage inequality, on working conditions and workplace practices, on the transition from unemployment to work, and on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland. He has written several books on the determinants and effects of work-related education and training, and published papers on this and other labour market issues in the leading peer-reviewed journals. He has served as a consultant on human resource development and labour market issues to the European Commission and the OECD. He is a government-appointed member of the Irish Labour Market Council. ; Andrea Prothero is Professor of Business and Society at the College of Business, University College Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on exploring the relationships between marketing and society, with a particular emphasis on sustainability marketing research, and she has published widely in these areas. Prior to moving to Ireland in 1999, Andrea worked at universities in the UK, and also completed a sabbatical at Arizona State University in 2002. She recently led one of UCDs contributions to the President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative, asking students across Ireland to engage in debate focusing on why 'we need to talk about ethics.'