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Title: Politics and fiscal policy under Lemass: a theoretical appraisal
Author: Barry, Frank
Keywords: Lemass
Fiscal policy
Ireland
Economic development
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: Barry, Frank. 'Politics and fiscal policy under Lemass: a theoretical appraisal'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 40, no. 4, Winter, 2009, pp. 393–406, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: Lemass rejected Whitaker’s recommendations that direct taxes be reduced and public investment shifted from social to productive areas. This was arguably done for political reasons and because Lemass believed that it might be possible to establish a social partnership deal of the type that Eichengreen has argued to have played a crucial role in post-war European convergence on US living standards. Such a bargain could not be reached under Ireland’s industrial-relations system, however. The present paper contrasts the two systems and shows the adverse employment, investment and growth effects that such attempts would have had in Ireland.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/58759
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter, 2009
Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-

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