Book Review Enterprise and the Irish Economy. Edited by was owing to massive emigration. Ireland faced Andrew E. Burke. Dublin: Oak Tree Press, the limitations of a small and predominantly agri- 1995. xxiv + 288. cultural economy, but “where obvious opportuni- ties existed [in Ireland] they were exploited by The book under review is a collection of thirteen both natives and foreign entrepreneurship.” (22) essays aimed at understanding the question of Irish In “Irish Enterprise in the 20th Century” Kieran industrial development from the perspective of Kennedy surveys the performance of the Irish entrepreneurship and enterprise. The underlying economy since its independence and provides premise is that if a sufficient number of new possible explanations for its poor performance. enterprises were established each year and if a Though Ireland enjoyed “a respectable level of good portion of them grew, then the Irish economy income per capita relative to other European coun- could not but grow as well. Given the relatively tries” at the time of independence in 1922 (with disappointing performance of the Irish economy more industrialized Northern Ireland remaining in since her independence, the majority of the essays the U.K.), it was a predominantly agricultural, in this book
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