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Innovation and the StatePolitical Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland$
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Dan Breznitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120189

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120189.001.0001

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A Misunderstood “Miracle”: The State and the Growth of the IT Industry in Ireland

A Misunderstood “Miracle”: The State and the Growth of the IT Industry in Ireland

(p.146) Chapter 4 A Misunderstood “Miracle”: The State and the Growth of the IT Industry in Ireland
Innovation and the State

Dan Breznitz

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the state and the growth of the information technology (IT) industry in Ireland. Ireland has become the most invigorated economy of Western Europe, a model for the European Union (EU) new entrants, with one of the world's most successful IT industries. This achievement has been attributed largely to the Irish developmental agencies that, promoted this accelerated growth by utilizing a series of industrial and S&T policy initiatives. This impressive feat has been achieved while both politicians and bureaucrats have strongly adhered to a neoliberal interventionist ideology, an ideology significantly different from Israel's or Taiwan's. A brief analysis of the Irish IT industry reveals dissonance between the operations of the foreign multinational corporations and those of the indigenous industry.

Keywords:   Ireland, information technology, economy, Western Europe, policy

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