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By John Kurt Jacobsen

The Republic of eire stocks a number of the monetary difficulties of the 3rd international, and the political constructions of the 1st global. This publication investigates the political reasons and effects of the industrial coverage offerings made in eire due to the fact independence. It addresses many key debates in political economic climate and improvement reports, and is a contribution to research of the function of the country within the overseas economic system.

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If "sunken," state can extract much better terms by credible threats. Because of 1 and v, the state can only develop if it attracts foreign investment The combination of high state foreign investment priority plus uncommitted foreign investment places state in the weakest of the four positions. Source: Stepan, The State and Society, p. 259. " 44 The key question is, what would motivate the state elite to impose its preferences in spite of foreign (or local) investors? In the oil industry, as in manufacturing, the "cycle of growing national asscrtiveness" is modified by technological change and by ideology (see Table 2).

According to a plant location survey of Common Market incentives in the 1970s, the Irish Republic ranked first in attractiveness for "minor capital intensive industries," as runnerup in "labor intensive" and "medium capital intensive" industries, and limping across the finish line regarding "high capital intensive" industries. See Plant Location International, "A Comparative Study of Incentives Offered to Industry Within Common Market Countries" (Plant Location International, Independent Consultants, 1975).

Ill State cannot eliminate foreign capital but has some capacity to impose greater controls and exact greater rents. Scale of state potential to control foreign capital I = Highest IV = Lowest Source: Alfred Stepan, The Slate and Society: Peru in Comparative Perspective (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978), p. 244. " 42 Private groups counter-mobilize to penetrate and/or frustrate the state, which is not so very "bizarre". So the supreme irony of state strength is that the state loses it by using it.

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