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Recalling the Celtic Tiger

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Edited By Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Political Economy (Charles Larkin)

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Charles Larkin

Political Economy

Political economy is the traditional term associated with the study of the economic and financial conditions of a country. The term is most closely associated with Adam Smith, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill, who authored works on the subject. Political economy sought to integrate what are now distinct disciplines of psychology, jurisprudence, philosophy, economics and political science into one body of knowledge.

Since the mid-twentieth century, economics became a more distinct science based upon mathematical modelling and empirical analysis. Political economy as a term became part of a series of subdisciplines within economics, sociology and political science, most notably as economic policy studies, social policy studies and international or global political economy with further specialisation based upon schools of thought and methodology.

In the case of global political economy, these divisions are based along national lines, as in the US and UK schools of thought. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008–13, there has been a renewed interest in the consolidated discipline of political economy with the opening of a department at King’s College London in 2010.←257 | 258→ ←258 | 259→

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