By Michael Clancy
What position does the country have over nationwide improvement inside of an more and more globalized economic system? additionally, how can we conceive 'nationality' in periods of quick fiscal and social swap spurred on by means of globalization? through reading tourism within the Republic of eire over the last two decades, Michael Clancy addresses those questions of nationwide id formation, in addition to supplying a close figuring out of the political economic system of tourism and improvement. first of all, he explores the position that tourism has performed in Ireland's dramatic financial transformation from the 'poor guy of Europe' to at least one of the richest. whereas many classes were taken from the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' to be utilized to different constructing international locations, the position that tourism has performed has been mostly missed. This publication argues that tourism performed a tremendous half during this luck. Clancy additionally locates tourism inside broader theoretical debates concerning improvement, in particular at the function of the country and globalizing industries. Separate chapters (on inns and airways) express that globalization proceeds in an asymmetric demeanour, delivering various possibilities and constraints for improvement. The e-book additionally makes use of tourism as a lens for looking at nationwide id formation in a interval of quick swap. Tourism markets the state as a commodity, not only for travelers, yet for its personal electorate. eire has been on the vanguard of branding the country, introducing 'Tourism model eire' in 1996. Tracing the evolution of this model permits an exam of the way the state conceives of itself.
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National identity is a complex phenomenon. Although early studies of nationalism see “the nation” as fixed or given, more recent work views national identity as a contingent, and political project. Modernists such as Gellner (1983) and Hobsbawm (1990) place the rise of nationalism within a historical context, linking it with capitalism and advances in technology. Benedict Anderson (1991; 1992) Development and National Identity under Globalization 25 introduces the power of narrative by calling the national community “imagined,” but he, too, situates the rise of nationalism to capitalism and technological advances.
That success or failure, in turn, leads one to label a state as “developmental” or not in a post hoc manner (Breznitz 2007, 18). What is important here both empirically and for theory building is the need to consider the nature of the state and its relationship to key actors in a more inductive and open-ended manner. Although globalization poses new challenges for states in late developing countries, they still possess a range of policy instruments with which to promote economic growth. Although it is undoubtedly the case that global capital and industry is much more mobile than in the past, making the threat of exit all the more real, we must not therefore assume that the state is now ineffectual in promoting development, or by doing so through more than one (neoliberal) model.
Calling the state developmentalist ignores a more complex set of relationships within and across the state apparatus. g. MITI in Japan, the IDA in Ireland) within the state apparatus that gain autonomy and power from that larger public sector. Part of the task, then, is to examine the politics of the public sector as well as state-society politics. How do particular agencies evolve, gain access to key resources and personnel, and what is their relationship to other such agencies within the state?
Brand New Ireland? (New Directions in Tourism Analysis) by Michael Clancy