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Political science, Social sciences
This paper looks at the range of policy tools selected by the Irish State to fund and develop Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). The choice is influenced by cultural norms and ideological predisposition with Ireland demonstrating a pro-market bias and relying on a range of interdependencies and third parties for delivery of services. The tools selected by the Irish State are typically those associated with States that promote a liberal agenda, sometimes referred to as the Anglo/American model (Salamon 2002). However, a closer review of the tools characteristics in Ireland reveal a tendency to adopt a conservative corporatist (Dean 2001) stance that can discourage women’s participation in the workforce.
O'Donoghue, B., Hayes, N.: The Impact of Policy Tool Selection on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Ireland. EECERA 2009, 19th European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education. Palais des Congrès of the European Union, Strasbourg, France. 26th-29th August, 2009.
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences