Economic and Social Review

Vol 41 Issue 3 (Autumn 2010) of the Economic and Social Review is available online now at



The Economic and Social Review invites high-quality submissions in economics, sociology and cognate disciplines on topics of relevance to Ireland. Contributions based on original empirical research and employing a comparative international approach are particularly encouraged.

Published papers are listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index.

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Mnay thanks for highlighting this. I pounced on the Hardiman & MacCarthaigh paper on state administration but was left dissatisfied and unenlightened. Perhaps too much for a short paper – there is a book, perhaps a number, in this area. But then I expected some conclusions on the avenues for further research – or at least a recommendation that there should be an office in government keeping tabs on this plethora of agencies; it shouldn’t be down to the academics.

@Olive Sweetman,

I am reluctant to follow the trail opened up by Kevin Denny (and, thereby, deflect attention from the many interesting papers you have highlighted), but I think the link highlighted by Kevin is worthy of a separate thread.

I have long been intrigued by the extent to which the process of banking and financial policy and regulation was subverted in the US where there is a, usually, effective separation of the executive, legislative and judicial powers. It was much easier to subvert the process in the UK and throughout the EU where there is considerable executive dominance – and extremely easy in Ireland which suffers from extreme executive dominance.

This goes well beyond ‘economist-bashing’. It involves a closure of the policy-making process where only ‘useful idiots’ are allowed to participate. I expect this should be of interest on this board.

How about setting up an “economics film festival” – or at least get stuff like this shown at Kilkenomics.

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