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Hirschman and Irish Industrial Policy

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  • Patrick Paul Walsh

    (University College Dublin)

  • Ciara Whelan

    (University College Dublin)

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In this article we examine the origins of Whitaker’s export oriented industrial policy and the political management of its implementation. Whitaker appointed academic economic advisors, including Louden Ryan, to a Capital Investment Advisory Committee in 1956. The advice from this committee was to become a cornerstone of Whitaker’s industrial policy. Using the archives of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland (SSISI), we show that industrial policy at its inception was shaped by the economic theories of Hirschman (1958). Hirschman’s theories were adopted for Ireland’s vision of economic development via the writings and counsel of Ryan.

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  • Patrick Paul Walsh & Ciara Whelan, 2010. "Hirschman and Irish Industrial Policy," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 41(3), pages 283-299.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:41:y:2010:i:3:p:283-299
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    1. Dewatripont, Mathias & Roland, Gerard, 1995. "The Design of Reform Packages under Uncertainty," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 85(5), pages 1207-1223, December.
    2. Holger Görg & Frances Ruane, 2000. "An Analysis of Backward Linkages in the Irish Electronics Sector," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 31(3), pages 215-235.
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    1. Patrick Paul Walsh & Ciara Whelan, 2011. "Mr Whitaker and Industry: Setting the Record Straight–A Reply to Barry and Daly," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(2), pages 169-175.
    2. Frank Barry & Mary E. Daly, 2011. "Mr. Whitaker and Industry:Setting the Record Straight," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(2), pages 159-168.

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