State Development and Regime Change

  • Anne O’Brien


As outlined in the preceding chapter, the Irish development literature does not adequately elaborate why particular development models were put in place nor how change occurred between development models. Consequently, perhaps this question is best framed in terms of the international literature on development and on policy and institutional change, which may shed some light on tourism’s development models and the changes that have occurred in the industry since the foundation of the state. This chapter thus aims to examine more thoroughly the internal political configurations through which development occurs within states. Chapter 3 established that the Irish political economy literature has not paid sufficient attention to the politics through which the logics of either competition or developmental states arise. Therefore, there is a need to examine more closely the ‘micro’ politics of development that generate the ‘macro’ overarching logics of developmental and competition states. Hence, Chapter 5 will set out a framework for examining policy generation, implementation, and change that can be used to understand the politics of development within Irish tourism. In this context, Wilson’s (2000) work on policy regimes is used to consolidate the policy change literature and focuses on defined dimensions of change, those being policy paradigms, organisations, power arrangements, and policy goals.


Policy Regime Institutional Change State Development Regime Change Tourism Development 
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© Anne O’Brien 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne O’Brien
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  1. 1.Kairos Communications Ltd. and National University of IrelandMaynoothIreland

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