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Globalization, Universities and Issues of Sustainable Human Development

Globalization, Universities and Issues of Sustainable Human Development

Edited by Jean L. Pyle and Robert Forrant

This volume raises an important question: Given the fast-changing global economy and the challenges it presents, what is the role for the university as an institution promoting sustainable human development? The editors begin by outlining the changes associated with the recent wave of globalization, particularly transformations in the relative power of institutions internationally. They analyze the constraints universities face in industrialized and developing countries in promoting sustainable human development.

Chapter 4: Recent Developments in Irish-based Industry

Mary O’Sullivan

Subjects: development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, regional economics

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1 Mary O’Sullivan I. INTRODUCTION The performance of the economy of the Republic of Ireland (hereafter referred to as Ireland) has improved dramatically in recent years. The favorable trends that have gone into the making of Ireland’s reputation as ‘the Celtic Tiger’ have been driven to an important extent by the performance of Irish-based industry. The historical problems with generating a vibrant, sustainable industrial base in Ireland have been well documented (see O’Malley, 1989; Foley and McAleese, 1991; Ruane, 1991; O’Sullivan, 1995, 2000). Of critical importance, therefore, is the question of whether recent developments in the Irish-based industrial sector constitute a fundamental transformation in its global competitiveness. Does the emergence of the Tiger economy suggest that the dynamics of industrial development have broken with their historical pattern to a significant degree? The Irish case is particularly important because its apparent success has caused some other countries to view it as a model for development. In this chapter I analyse recent developments in the Irish industrial sector. The paramount importance of increased levels of economic activity undertaken by foreign enterprises in Ireland in driving improvements in aggregate industrial indicators is unquestionable but there is also evidence, as yet tentative and patchy, of new energy in indigenous industry. The chapter examines whether the recent strong performance of Irishbased industry is evidence of an emergent new trajectory of industrial development: the ambiguities of the empirical evidence concerning this question are emphasized. It is argued that detailed case studies and evidence are needed...

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