Ireland and the new economy
in Ireland under austerity
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This chapter looks at how Irish state ideology has invoked a post-industrial cyberutopian vision of the future, one that originates in Cold War think tanks, to make Ireland's poor level of infrastructure and indigenous productive enterprise look like a virtue. It then looks at how this post-industrial aesthetic, which blended the anti-industrial back-to-nature nostalgia with personalised self-expressive information technologies, has also been employed by putatively oppositional voices throughout the post-bailout period. Before the bailout, the government was rolling out plans for Ireland to become a 'world-class knowledge economy'. But equally, in 2009, as the economy was sinking into a recession, Brian Cowen expressed his vision for Ireland to become the 'European Silicon Valley'. The post-material values of the free culture preached the virtues of voluntary labour and who went on to be the architects of Silicon Valley and of the new economy.

Ireland under austerity

Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

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