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I know what you mean. Arguably Ireland had one of the most socialised economies throughout independence, simply due to a dearth of indigenous capital. And state intervention has remained a key component of that... incidentally just noticed your reading list...I feel ashamed!


Yes, yes and yes. In this regard, another provactive paper comes from Sean O'Riain ('Riain.pdf) where he attributes economic growth in the 1990s to what he calls 'institutional thickness' - the development of state institutions to assist and direct economic activity, rather than the neo-liberal claptrap. That the Left has not got a handle on both the rise and decline of the Celtic Tiger has inhibited forward economic thinking and paved the way for conceding practically the entire economic ground to the Right.

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