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To sum up, this research takes as its starting point the study – conducted by Peter Katzenstein (1985) – of a number of small open economies. It concludes with an assessment of where the comparator countries – Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland – ﬁnd themselves on the ﬁfth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2013. The periodisation bounded by these events is organised to reﬂect key phases of European integration and its impact on developmental outcomes in each country.
Ireland is Britain’s ﬁfth largest trading partner and has a unique relationship with that country and the United States which is quite different to the others. Moreover, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands would each ﬁt Arend Lijphart’s (1999) typology of consensus democracies while Ireland straddles a line between consensus and majoritarian models. Similarly, Ireland is regarded in the Varieties of Capitalism literature as a liberal market economy (with countertendencies) while the others are social market economies.
Debt reduction coincided with a decrease in interest rates, an increase in housing prices and tax reductions on mortgages Katzenstein’s World 35 altogether creating a wealth effect which stimulated domestic demand in the economy. The Danish economy is dominated by SMEs which lacked the economies of scale to beneﬁt from Fordist production techniques in their heyday of the 1960s and 1970s. 6 Mariana Mazzucato (2013:145) describes how Denmark uniquely succeeded in transforming government-funded R&D into a commercially successful wind turbine industry.
Ireland, Small Open Economies and European Integration: Lost in Transition by David Begg (auth.)