Quality of Life in Ireland: Social Impact of Economic Boom
Tony Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 11, 2008 - Social Science - 316 pages
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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Changing Times Changing Schools? Quality of Life for Students
School and parttime employment
Changing schools? Recent changes in the Irish educational system
change or continuity?
Family and Sexuality
What about mental disorders?
Economic Growth and Income Inequality Setting the Context
Trends in income inequality during the economic boom
Top incomes in Ireland during the boom
Income inequality in Ireland in comparative perspective
Widening gaps during the boom?
Employment and the Quality of Work
Principal trends in the labour market
The quality of employment in Ireland the best of times?
Opportunities for All in the New Ireland?
The boom inequality and meritocracy
Marginalised groups social classes and equality of opportunity
The changing pattern of social classes in Ireland
Is increasing mobility accompanied by increasing equality of opportunity?
Explaining inequality of opportunity
Increasing equality of opportunity?
Consistent Poverty and Economic Vulnerability
Incorporating measures of lifestyle deprivation
Reconfiguring the measurement of consistent poverty
Income poverty material deprivation and economic pressures profile by economic vulnerability and consistent poverty
Socioeconomic status by economic vulnerability and consistent poverty
Health and Health Care
Social class differentials in death rates
Changing health care in Ireland
Issues of concern
The Housing Boom
Prices and output
Why the boom?
Effects on affordability and household formation
Location of housing
A new consensus?
Changing sexual attitudes and behaviour
Stabilisation in birth rates
Recovery in marriage rates
Ties that Bind? The Social Fabric of Daily Life in New Suburbs
Neighbourhood markers of identity and quality of life
GenderWorkLife Balance and Quality of Life
Trends in labour market behaviour among women and men
Gender differences in paid work unpaid work caring and leisure
Qualityoflife outcomes and worklife tensions
The Impact of Immigration
Recent migration experience
The impact of immigration on the economy and society
racism and discrimination
Irish policy responses and the extent of racism in Ireland
Crime and its Consequences
Trends in recorded crime
Has the public reaction to crime changed?
Soaring in the Best of Times?
what dimensions are important?
Subjective wellbeing and expectations
A concentration on bad conditions
The best of times? An outsiders view
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