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Irish Business & Society
Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century
Edited by John Hogan, Paul F. Donnelly and Brendan K. O'Rourke
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A contemporary exploration of the wide-ranging debates surrounding the relationships between business and society in 21st century Ireland that provides the context in which to question and inform our perspectives on both.

Provides extensive, diverse and thought-provoking contributions from leading business researchers, economists, sociologists and political scientists from Ireland and abroad, which address five central themes:

    • The Making and Unmaking of the Celtic Tiger
    • Governance, Regulation & Justice
    • Partnership & Participation
    • Whither Irish Borders – Ireland, Europe and the Wider World?
    • Interests & Concerns in Contemporary Ireland
  • Takes a critical look at Ireland as one of the most open and globally integrated economies in the world, with the activities of Irish and Irish-based foreign business impacting on both national and international societies and businesses
  • Discusses the relationships between business and society within the context of the wider Irish, as well as European, political economy
  • Presents the Irish economic decisions and conditions that precipitated our current recession and the resultant lessons to be learned, which reinforce the importance of understanding business and society in context
  • Examines the state of Irish business and society today and contemplates on how it might develop into the future.


  • Business or Political Science students at third level
  • Also students of Sociology and Economics at third level
  • Postgraduates and scholars with an interest in contemporary Ireland
  • Anyone with an interest in Irish business and society

'Succeeds in drawing an excellent, multi-dimensional perspective on Ireland from some of our most perceptive academic commentators as we seek to address the role of business in our society in the 21st Century. It comprehensively addresses the various themes relevant to Irish business and society in one coherent volume and should be required reading for all citizens seeking to improve their understanding of modern Ireland. Its economic and social analysis of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ is particularly insightful, reminding me of George Santayana’s quote: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. This book successfully holds that mirror up to our societal structures and institutions in a way that should enable us to learn and develop as a society.'
Jim Barry, Chief Executive, NTR plc; member of Council of Patrons, Special Olympics Ireland; board member, The Ireland Funds.

'Irish Business and Society presents the best of Irish social science, neatly packaged around themes of governance, participation, and transformation. Many of these original chapters are brilliantly crafted, and while they show an Ireland slipping off a time of rapid growth, themes of hope abound in enterprise, social and economic partnership, civil society, social inclusion, and Europeanization. Read it through for a clear view of what makes today’s Ireland click, and sometimes sputter.'
Jon Van Til, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

'This very stimulating book of essays brought me right back to this quote from Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia: ‘It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing. It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong’. There is a real sense from these essays that, once again, Ireland is at a turning point, in business, society and public governance.'
Peter Cassells, Chairman, National Centre for Partnership and Performance; Chairman, DHR Communications; former General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

John Hogan PhD is a lecturer in Irish politics and international political economy in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on developing frameworks for identifying and understanding policy change, and studying the global regulation of the lobbying industry. He is a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society. He has published in a wide range of journals including Acta Politica, Canadian Journal of Political Science, The Political Quarterly, Irish Political Studies, and the Asian Journal of Latin American Studies. Along with Dr. Raj Chari and Professor Gary Murphy, he recently co-wrote Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison (MUP, 2010).

Paul F. Donnelly BA(TCD), MBA(TCD), PhD(UMass), GradDip MM(DIT), DipPR(PRII), CDipAF(ACCA) teaches strategy, business ethics, negotiation, organisation behaviour and theory, and global marketplace in Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests cover organisation studies, international business, management education, critical management studies and research methodology. He is a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society. He co-edited (with John Hogan and Paddy Dolan) the volume Approaches to Qualitative Research (Oak Tree Press, 2009). A Fulbrighter, he is Vice President (2009-11) and President-elect (2011-13) of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association.

Brendan K. O’Rourke PhD works at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he focuses on learning in the area of discourses of the economy. His academic publications include articles on interview methodology, owner-managed firms and on the nature of economics expertise. Brendan is the co-founder of the Discourse Analysis Group (DAG) within DIT. DAG is a specialist group of academics who have published extensively in the area of discourse analysis. He is also a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Reflections on Issues in Irish Business and Society

John Hogan, Paul F. Donnelly and Brendan K. O’Rourke, DIT

SECTION 1: The Making and Unmaking of the Celtic Tiger

Chapter 1: Labour and Employment in Ireland in the Era of the Celtic Tiger Nicola Timoney, DIT

Chapter 2: Politics and Economic Policymaking in Ireland Frank Barry, TCD

Chapter 3: Forming Ireland’s Industrial Development Authority Paul F. Donnelly, DIT

Chapter 4: Enterprise Discourse: Its Origins and Its influence in Ireland Brendan K. O’Rourke, DIT

Chapter 5: The Politics of Irish Social Security Policy 1986-2006 Mary P. Murphy, NUI Maynooth

Chapter 6: Need the Irish Economic Experiment Fail? William Kingston, TCD

SECTION II: Governance, Regulation and Justice

Chapter 7: A Review of Corporate Governance Research: An Irish Perspective Niamh M. Brennan, UCD

Chapter 8: CSR in Ireland: Current Practice and Directions for Future Research Rebecca Maughan, DIT

Chapter 9: White-Collar Crime: The Business of Crime Roderick Maguire, DIT

Chapter 10: Political Corruption in Ireland: A Downward Spiral Gillian Smith

Chapter 11: Lobbying Regulation: An Irish Solution to a Universal Problem? Conor McGrath

Chapter 12: A Social Justice Perspective of the Celtic Tiger Connie Harris Ostwald, Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

SECTION III: Partnership and Participation

Chapter 13: Economic Crises and the Changing Influence of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on Public Policy John Hogan, DIT

Chapter 14: Partnership at Enterprise Level in Ireland Kevin O’Leary, DIT

Chapter 15: From Ballymun to Brussels: Forms of Partnership Governance in Irish Social Inclusion Policy Jesse J. Norris, University of Wisconsin, USA

Chapter 16: People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach Olive McCarthy, Robert Briscoe and Michael Ward, UCC

Chapter 17: Emotional Intelligence Components and Conflict Resolution Helen Chen, DIT, and Patrick Phillips, DCU

Chapter 18: Regulatory Framework: Irish Employment Law Mary Faulkner, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

SECTION IV: Whither Irish Borders – Ireland, Europe and the Wider World?

Chapter 19: Ireland and the European Union: Mapping Domestic Modes of Adaptation and Contestation John O’Brennan, NUI Maynooth

Chapter 20: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: A Changed Relationship Mary C. Murphy, UCC

Chapter 21: Cultural Tourism Development in Irish Villages and Towns: The Role of Authenticity, Social, Cultural and Tourist Capital Breda McCarthy, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Chapter 22: 21st Century International Careers: From Economic to Lifestyle Migration Marian Crowley-Henry, NUI Maynooth

Chapter 23: Achieving Growth in a Regional Economy: Lessons from Irish Economic History John McHale, NUI Galway

Chapter 24: The Europeanisation of Irish Public Policy: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives Kate Nicholls, National University of Singapore

SECTION V: Interests and Concerns in Contemporary Ireland

Chapter 25: Access and Expectation: Interest Groups in Ireland Gary Murphy, DCU

Chapter 26: Civil Society in Ireland: Antecedents, Identity and Challenges Geoff Weller

Chapter 27: The Practice of Politics: Feminism, Activism and Social Change in Ireland Jennifer K. DeWan

Chapter 28: Alcohol Advertising in Ireland: The Challenge of Responsibility and Regulation Patrick Kenny, DIT, and Gerard Hastings, University of Stirling

Chapter 29: Children’s Interaction with Television Advertising Margaret-Anne Lawlor, DIT

Chapter 30: Do Modern Business Communications Technologies Mean a Surveillance Society? Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times

Chapter 31: Spirituality, Work and Irish Society John Cullen, NUI Maynooth

Publication Details
Format Paperback, 652 pages
ISBN 9780717149902
Imprint Gill & Macmillan
Language English
Product Dimensions 234 x 156
Publication Date October 2010

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