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Lost Decades: Postcolonial Ireland and Zimbabwe

Frank Barry, Patrick Honohan and Tara McIndoe-Calder
Irish Studies in International Affairs
Vol. 25 (2014), pp. 239-257
Published by: Royal Irish Academy
DOI: 10.3318/isia.2014.25.20
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Page Count: 19
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ABSTRACT This paper discusses the slow and hesitant integration of two post-colonial states into the global economy. One is Ireland, which achieved independence in 1922, but which suffered many policy setbacks before finding its place at the productive frontier in the 1990s. The other is Zimbabwe, which severed its colonial ties in 1965 but achieved proper independence only in 1980. The struggles over land ownership in Zimbabwe and errors in trade policy, fiscal discipline and even financial policy have parallels, more or less close, with the longer and ultimately more successful economic policy reform experience in Ireland. The research on which this paper is based is part of an IRCHSS-sponsored project entitled ‘Turning globalization to national advantage: economic policy lessons from Ireland's experience', which was conducted by teams from Trinity College Dublin and the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. We thank Johannes Fedderke for helpful comments.

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