Culture in the Rise of Tiger Economies:
Scottish Expatriates in Dublin and the
'Creative Class' Thesis.
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30 (2).
This article evaluates the contributions which Richard Florida's seminal ‘creative class’
thesis might make to ongoing efforts to re-inscribe ‘culture’ back into political economy
explanations of the rise of Tiger economies. It reflects upon the value of reconsidering
both the role of skilled migrants in Tiger states and the factors which attract skilled
migrants to these economies in the first instance. Based upon analyses of a series of
focus groups conducted with Scottish expatriates currently working in Dublin, the article
specifically attempts to gauge how far the creative class thesis can be stretched to
account for the locational preferences of talented migrants. Whilst Florida's work
undoubtedly sheds light on aspects of expatriate existence which might not otherwise
have been obvious, its ability to account for the relationships which have existed between
technology, talent and tolerance in the Celtic Tiger must be questioned. Moreover, if
political economy and Floridian readings are to do more than simply inform one
another, there will be a need to establish more clearly the complex ways in which
developmental states intersect with skill flows and cosmopolitan cultural agendas.
||Postprint version of original published article. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2006.00661.x/abstract.
The author would like to acknowledge the financial support received from both ScotEcon and the Gebbie
Legacy which made this research possible. Acknowledgements go to Suzanne Motherwell who carried
out the focus groups upon which the article is based. Thanks go to the Leverhulme Trust who provided
the author with a Leverhulme Fellowship which allowed this research to be written up.
||Culture; Tiger Economies;
Scottish Expatriates; Ireland; 'Creative Class' Thesis;
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