To what extent did Europeanisation contribute to Ireland's transformation from 'poor relation' to 'peer idol'? This book examines how Europeanisation affected Irish policy-making and implementation and how Ireland maximised the policy opportunities arising from membership of the EU while preserving embedded patterns of political behaviour. It focuses on the complex interplay of European, domestic and global factors as the explanation for the changing character of the 'Celtic Tiger'.
The authors demonstrate that, although Europeanisation spurred significant institutional and policy change, domestic forces filtered those consequences while global factors induced further adaptation. By identifying and assessing the adaptational pressures in a range of policy areas the book establishes that, in tandem with the European dimension, domestic features and global developments were key determinants of change and harbingers of new patterns of governance. -- .
Nicholas Rees is Professor and Head of the Department of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University. Brid Quinn is Lecturer in Public Administration at the University of Limerick. Bernadette Connaughton is Junior Lecturer in Public Administration at the University of Limerick -- .
Preface and acknowledgements List of abbreviations and Irish terms 1. Ireland and the European Union - Nicholas Rees, Brid Quinn and Bernadette Connaughton 2. Europeanisation: a catalyst for change - Nicholas Rees and Bernadette Connaughton 3. Mediating forces and the domestic polity - Brid Quinn and Bernadette Connaughton 4. Political institutions and administrative adaptation - Bernadette Connaughton 5. The Irish economy and Europe - Nicholas Rees 6. Regional policy and politics - Brid Quinn 7. The politics of environmental policy - Bernadette Connaughton 8. Does the CAP fit? Agriculture policy in Ireland and the EU - Brid Quinn 9. Ireland's foreign relations - Nicholas Rees 10. Conclusions: institutional learning and adaptation to Europe - Nicholas Rees, Brid Quinn and Bernadette Connaughton Bibliography Index -- .