Conference: Politics, Economy and Society: Irish Developmentalism, 1958-2008

Politics, Economy and Society: Irish Developmentalism, 1958-2008

 12th March 2009

Research Building, University College Dublin,

All Welcome-No Fee

 Session One 9am – 10am: Governance and Public Administration

Chair Dr Andreas Hess

MacCarthaigh, Muiris (IPA) and Hardiman, Niamh (UCD), Breaking with or building on the past? Reforming Irish public administration: 1958-2008

Barry, Frank (TCD), Interest-Group Politics and Irish External Trade Policy Over the Last Half-Century: A tale told without recourse to heroes

Brownlow, Graham (QUB), Fabricating Economic Development

 Session Two 10.15am – 11.15am: Political Culture

Chair Dr Andreas Hess

Fanning, Bryan (UCD), From Developmental Ireland to ‘Migration Nation’

Girvin, Brian (Glasgow), Before the Celtic Tiger: Change without modernisation in Ireland 1959-1987

White, Timothy (Xavier), From preventing the future to forgetting the past: Irish political culture in the 21st century

 Session Three 11.30am – 12.30pm: Political Parties

Chair Professor Michael Laffan

Murray, Thomas Patrick (UCD), Development and non-decisions: The curious case of socio-economic rights, 1958-89

Murphy, Gary (DCU), Fianna Fail, Irish sovereignty and the European question

Purseil, Niamh (UCD), Lying awake, worrying about the unemployed: politics and inertia in the 1950s


Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm

 Session Four 1.30pm – 3pm: Economic Development

Chair Dr. Donal de Buitleir

 Walsh, P.P. (UCD) and Whelan, Ciara (UCD), The Political Economy of Industrial Development in Ireland, 1958-2008

Durkan, Joseph (UCD), Preventing the future: The 1950s as the nadir of protectionism

McDowell, Moore (UCD) and Thom, Rodney (UCD), Ireland’s exchange rate policy, 1958-1998

Murray, Peter (NUIM) Educational developmentalists divided? Patrick Cannon, Patrick Hillery and the economics of education in the early 1960s

 Session Five 3.15pm – 4.45pm: Politics and Society

Chair: Professor Michael Gallagher

 Kissane, Bill (LSE) Comparing Ireland and Finland

Farrington, Christopher (UCD) The strange transformation of Irish nationalism in the late 20th century

Todd, Jennifer (UCD) The evolution of Irish nationalism: The northern dimension

Coakley, John (UCD), How significant is Catholic unionism in Northern Ireland?

 Keynote Lecture 5pm – 6pm

Chair: Professor Louden Ryan

 Professor Tom Garvin (UCD), Dublin Opinion, 1948-1962



By Paul Walsh

Patrick Paul Walsh

B.A. (N.U.I.), M.A. (DUBL.), M.ECON.SC. (N.U.I.), Ph.D (L.S.E.).
Government of Ireland, Marie Curie and IZA Fellow

Patrick Paul Walsh took up the Chair in International Development Studies in School of Politics and International Relations on July 1st 2007. He received a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1994. During 1992-2007 he worked in Trinity College Dublin. He left Trinity College Dublin an Associate Professor, College Fellow and Dean of Social and Human Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven during 1997-1999 and a Research Scholar in the Department of Economics, Harvard University, during the academic year 2002-2003. His professional activities include being Editor of the Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. He is on the Standing Committee for Social Science in the European Science Foundation. He coordinates UCDs HEA-Irish Aid Programme of Strategic Cooperation 2007-2011. This Programme runs a flagship UCD "Sandwich" Ph.D. in Global Human Development, among other things. He also chairs a TCD-UCD Masters in Development Practice that is part of a Global Network based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He is on the management committee of the UCD Geary Institute. Amongst other publications he has published in the Economic Journal, Journal of Industrial Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, and the Economics of Transition. His current research in East Africa concerns itself with Household Socioeconomic outcomes in the EARNEST HIV/AIDS clinical trials, food security and election outcomes in Malawi 2009, and IRCHSS Patterns of Post-Conflict Resolution.

2 replies on “Conference: Politics, Economy and Society: Irish Developmentalism, 1958-2008”

Remains to be seen whether it will be a great conference.
One thing that strikes me is that economists in Ireland have been to the fore in addressing economic issues starting from the foundation of the SSISI, groups during the 1950s which led to the ERI now ESRI being founded, during the 1980s with DEW Kenmare sessision and most recently with this web-site.
The same cannot be said of the political scientists. These has stuck to two themes 1) describing what is there led initially by Basil Chubb 2) high journalism in terms of analysis elections, boundary changes etc, new electoral systems. (I am leaving political philosophy out of this) I cannot think of any consistent body of work outlining new ways of governing ourselves, along the lines of work initiated by public servants on public service reform eg. setting up the IPA during the 1950s, the Devlin Report of the 1960s, TLAC, the recent OECD report. Nor do the lawyers appear to have much taste for engaging in promoting this kind of discussion. During the post 1970s oil crisis shock, Denmark made some radical changes in how it governed itself. France declares yet another republic every few generations, usually in response to a crisis. In Ireland, Freedom of Information was introduced by en economist in response to revelations from the Beef Tribunal. But I do not recall any consistent defence by political scientists of FoI when the public service successfully limited it over the years, starting after the 2002 election. The Ombudsman (did the political science community propose and argue consistently for the creation of this office?) has been virtually alone in defending FoI.
Perhaps this conference is a harbinger of more engagement by the political science community in raising debate on how we govern ourselves, what kinds of institutions we now need, how power is acquired/exercised/controlled/transferred, the way in which institutions determine who gets what, when. There are other ways of doing these things. It has been clear for some time that we, citizens of a Republic, with a written constitution, need to look again at these matters.

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