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The death of Irish trade protectionism: a political economy analysis

Breen, Michael orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5857-9938 and Dorgan, James (2013) The death of Irish trade protectionism: a political economy analysis. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 24 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2009-0072

The decision to abandon protectionism and move to a more open economy is considered one of the most important developments in modern Irish economic history. Drawing on recent work in the field of international political economy, we propose a new explanation for this important policy change based on interest groups’ demands. More specifically, we argue that Irish agriculture’s needs were highly influential in the policy decisions that were taken in the 1950s. Without the threat of exclusion from the emerging process of European integration and the accompanying loss of traditional markets for agricultural exports, protectionism would have persisted for some time. But we also suggest that the absence of significant objection from industry—supposedly the potentially adversely affected group, as the beneficiary of protection—reflects the changing balance between exporter and protectionist interests in that sector.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ireland; Europe; Trade; Political economy
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Institutes and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:The Royal Irish Academy
Official URL:http://ria.ie/Publications/Journals/Irish-Studies-...
Copyright Information:© 2013 RIA
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19476
Deposited On:04 Dec 2013 15:02 by Michael Breen . Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 10:44

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