Quality of Life in Ireland: Social Impact of Economic Boom

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Tony Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 11, 2008 - Social Science - 316 pages
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Frances Ruane, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute Irish and international scholars continue to be curious about Ireland’s exceptional economic success since the early 1990s. While growth rates peaked at the turn of the millennium, they have since continued at levels that are high by any current international or historical Irish measures. Despite differences of view among Irish economists and policymakers on the relative importance of the factors that have driven growth, there is widespread agreement that the process of globalisation has contributed to Ireland’s economic development. In this context, it is helpful to recognise that globalisation has created huge changes in most developed and developing countries and has been associated, inter alia, with reductions in global income disparity but increased income disparity within individual countries. This book reflects on how, from a social perspective, Ireland has prospered over the past decade. In that period we have effectively moved from being a semi-developed to being a developed economy. While the book’s main focus is on the social changes induced by economic growth, there is also recognition that social change has facilitated economic growth. Although many would regard the past decade as a period when economic and social elements have combined in a virtuous cycle, there is a lingering question as to the extent to which we have better lives now that we are economically ‘better off’.
 

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Contents

Quality of Life After the Boom
1
Objectives
2
What can be said?
3
Outline of chapters
6
The overall picture
10
How Do We Feel? Economic Boom and Happiness
11
issues and trends
12
Economic growth and happiness
13
Conclusion
138
Changing Times Changing Schools? Quality of Life for Students
139
Changing times?
142
School and parttime employment
143
Changing schools? Recent changes in the Irish educational system
145
change or continuity?
150
Conclusions
153
Family and Sexuality
155

What about mental disorders?
20
National morale
23
Conclusion
24
Economic Growth and Income Inequality Setting the Context
27
Trends in income inequality during the economic boom
29
Top incomes in Ireland during the boom
33
Income inequality in Ireland in comparative perspective
35
Widening gaps during the boom?
38
Conclusions
40
Employment and the Quality of Work
42
Principal trends in the labour market
44
The quality of employment in Ireland the best of times?
54
Conclusions
64
Opportunities for All in the New Ireland?
67
The boom inequality and meritocracy
68
Marginalised groups social classes and equality of opportunity
70
The changing pattern of social classes in Ireland
72
Is increasing mobility accompanied by increasing equality of opportunity?
77
Explaining inequality of opportunity
80
Increasing equality of opportunity?
82
Conclusions
84
Consistent Poverty and Economic Vulnerability
87
Incorporating measures of lifestyle deprivation
89
Reconfiguring the measurement of consistent poverty
90
Economic vulnerability
94
Income poverty material deprivation and economic pressures profile by economic vulnerability and consistent poverty
97
Socioeconomic status by economic vulnerability and consistent poverty
101
Conclusions
102
Health and Health Care
104
Social class differentials in death rates
110
Changing health care in Ireland
113
Issues of concern
118
Summary
122
The Housing Boom
123
Prices and output
124
Why the boom?
127
Effects on affordability and household formation
130
Location of housing
135
A new consensus?
157
Changing sexual attitudes and behaviour
160
Stabilisation in birth rates
162
Nonmarital births
165
Recovery in marriage rates
166
Marital breakdown
169
Conclusion
172
Ties that Bind? The Social Fabric of Daily Life in New Suburbs
175
Neighbourhood markers of identity and quality of life
180
Familyfriendly communities?
185
Social participation
191
Conclusion
196
GenderWorkLife Balance and Quality of Life
199
Trends in labour market behaviour among women and men
200
Gender differences in paid work unpaid work caring and leisure
205
Qualityoflife outcomes and worklife tensions
208
Conclusions
214
The Impact of Immigration
216
Recent migration experience
218
The impact of immigration on the economy and society
226
racism and discrimination
235
Irish policy responses and the extent of racism in Ireland
239
Conclusion
241
Crime and its Consequences
245
Trends in recorded crime
247
Lethal harm
251
Victimisation
256
Has the public reaction to crime changed?
257
Concluding comment
262
Soaring in the Best of Times?
265
what dimensions are important?
266
Subjective wellbeing and expectations
267
A concentration on bad conditions
268
The best of times? An outsiders view
274
References
277
Index
297
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