Social Indicators Research Series

Quality of Life in Ireland

Social Impact of Economic Boom

Editors: Fahey, Tony, Russell, Helen, Whelan, Christopher T. (Eds.)

  • Presents and assesses the latest findings on the social impact of economic changes in Ireland since the early 1990's
  • Shows that the Celtic Tiger has brought important social gains and economic growth
  • Ireland: now living in "Best of Times", or has increased prosperity come at (too high) a cost?
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About this book

The Irish economic boom has caused the economy in Ireland to roar ahead, but what has it done to Irish society? Some see the rising tide as having lifted all boats, while others argue that the benefits have accrued mostly to those who were already well placed. Some highlight how economic growth has raised living standards, while others say that it has imposed strains on family life, eroded values and communities, and created problems in accessing adequate housing, health care and other services.

So, are we in Ireland now living in ‘the best of times’, or has increased prosperity come at (too high) a cost? And can the rest of the world draw any lessons from what has happened in Ireland? The purpose of this book, which contains a collection of chapters written by some of Ireland’s leading social researchers, is to bring to bear the latest research and empirical evidence to answer these questions. It is aimed at a general audience and seeks to contribute to public debate in Ireland and abroad, while at the same time striving for rigorous, evidence-based argument.

The overall judgment offered by the book is positive, though with qualifications. Ireland still has problems: social inequalities are slow to narrow; the indignities of poverty and hopelessness, though less widespread than before, are still too common; some public services are poor; and traffic congestion frays the nerves. But there is a long list of social fundamentals that are stronger today than before the economic boom arrived.

National moral is among the highest in Europe, most people’s economic circumstances have greatly improved, jobs are astonishingly abundant, people are now flocking into the country rather than out of it, and they are marrying and having children at a higher rate than fifteen years ago.

These are only some of the positives identified in the book. Together they suggest that even on social grounds the Irish economic boom deserves at least two cheers, even if it has far from succeeded in solving all social ills.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Quality of Life After the Boom

    Fahey, Tony (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • How Do We Feel? Economic Boom and Happiness

    Fahey, Tony

    Pages 11-26

  • Economic Growth and Income Inequality: Setting the Context

    Nolan, Brain (et al.)

    Pages 27-41

  • Employment and the Quality of Work

    O’Connell, Philip J. (et al.)

    Pages 43-66

  • Opportunities for All in the New Ireland?

    Whelan, Christopher T. (et al.)

    Pages 67-85

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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7782-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quality of Life in Ireland
Book Subtitle
Social Impact of Economic Boom
Editors
  • Tony Fahey
  • Helen Russell
  • Christopher T. Whelan
Series Title
Social Indicators Research Series
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6981-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6981-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6980-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7782-0
Series ISSN
1387-6570
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 316
Additional Information
Originally published with the title: Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic Tiger by Institute of Public Adminstration (IPA), Dublin, Ireland, 2007
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