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A Comparative Examination of the Nature of Change in Macroeconomic Policies


  • Jon Hogan

    (Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin, Ireland)


This article examines the impact of economic crises on macroeconomic policies in Ireland in the late 1950s and Sweden in the early 1980s, framed within the context of the policy change literature. Each of these countries? responses to the crises affecting them, tempered as they were by historical and political factors, provides valuable insights into their political economies. These findings enable us to compare and contrast the nature of each crisis and the policy responses adopted. The value of such comparison is in the perspective it offers, contributing to the goal of building a body of increasingly complete explanatory theory (Mahler, 1995).

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  • Jon Hogan, 2010. "A Comparative Examination of the Nature of Change in Macroeconomic Policies," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 36, pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:36:y:2010:p:4

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    JEL classification:

    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes


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