TASC - the think tank for action on social change - has established progressive-economy@tasc to provide a forum for progressive economists and others commenting on the Irish economy. Most contributors are members of the TASC Economists' Network.
All views expressed are those of the individual authors.
TASC believes that it is time to reclaim 'economics' by rediscovering the political, social and cultural in 'economics'. We assert that economics is not, and cannot be, neutral. The very questions we seek to ask, the assumptions we chose to make and the options we decide to recommend are based on a set of values. More to the point, we propose a vision of a different society and polity - one in which people, meaningful relationships and human well-being are ends and not means to serving some other elusive goal.
A new political economy is one that opens up the insights of various disciplines to each other so that 'economics' takes its place in a dialogue involving many different academic disciplines as well as civil society, the world of politics and public discourse.
Dr Sheila Killian (Dept. of Accounting and Finance, UL)
Dr Tom Healy (Director, NERI)
Dr. Colm O'Doherty (Dept. of Applied Social Studies, IT Tralee)
Dr. Donal Palcic (Dept. of Economics, UL)
Dr. Eoin Reeves (Dept. of Economics, UL)
Dr. Jim Stewart (School of Business, TCD)
Dr. John Barry (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB)
Dr. Michelle O'Sullivan (Jim Kemmy School, UL)
Dr. Nat O'Connor (Director, TASC)
Dr. Proinnsias Breathnach (Department of Geography, NUIM)
Dr. Stephen Kinsella (Dept. of Economics, UL)
Manus O'Riordan (former Chief Economist, SIPTU)
Marie Sherlock (economist, SIPTU)
Michael Burke is former senior international economist with Citibank in London
Michael Taft (Research Officer, Unite)
Paul Sweeney (Economic Advisor, ICTU)
Peter Connell (TCD)
Professor David Jacobson (School of Business, DCU)
Professor Gerard Hughes (School of Business, TCD)
Professor James Wickham (Department of Sociology, TCD)
Professor Peadar Kirby (Dept. of Politics & Public Administration, UL)
Professor Sean O Riain (Department of Sociology, NUIM)
Professor Terrence McDonough (Dept. of Economics, NUIG)
Sara Burke (journalist and policy analyst)
Tom O'Connor (lecturer in economics, Cork Institute of Technology)
As Ireland’s only independent think tank addressing issues of social and economic inequality, TASC is developing a network of people interested in this work. If you would like to know more please e-mail us at email@example.com.