Preventing the Future: Why was Ireland So Poor for So Long?

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Gill & Macmillan, 2005 - Education - 340 pages
Between the years of the mid thirties through to 1960, independent Ireland suffered from economic stagnation, and also went through a period of intense cultural and psychological repression. While external circumstances account for much of the stagnation - especially the depression of the thirties and the Second World War - Preventing the Future argues that the situation was aggravated by internal circumstances. The key domestic factor was the failure to extend higher and technical education and training to larger sections of the population. This derived from political stalemates in a small country which derived in turn from the power of the Catholic Church, the strength of the small-farm community, the ideological wish to preserve an older society and, later, gerontocratic tendencies in the political elites and in society as a whole. While economic growth did accelerate after 1960, the political stand-off over mass education resulted in large numbers of young people being denied preparation for life in the modern world and, arguably, denied Ireland a sufficient supply of trained labor and educated citizens. Ireland's Celtic Tiger of the nineties was in great part driven by a new and highly educated and technically trained workforce. The political stalemates of the forties and fifties delayed the initial, incomplete take-off until the sixties and resulted in the Tiger arriving nearly a generation later than it might have.

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Like Garvin's other books this one is also well researched, written and argued. Initially Garvin indicates that to get to the bottom of identifying why Ireland was so poor for so long it is overtly ... Read full review

Contents

Politics and Development in Ireland
25
Crossroads
62
Agonising Reappraisal
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Tom Garvin is Emeritus Professor of Politics at University College Dublin and an honorary research fellow at IBIS. His books include Nationalist Revolutionaries inIreland (1987), 1922: The Birth of Irish Democracy (1996), and Preventing theFuture: Why was Ireland so poor for so long? (2004). He is also the author of many articles and chapters on Irish and comparative politics. He is an alumnus of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Colgate University and Mount Holyoke College. Most recently, his biography of SeAn Lemass, Judging Lemass, was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.

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