Posts by Professor James Wickham

James Wickham

Professor James Wickham

James Wickham was Jean Monnet Professor of European Labour Market Studies and Professor in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on employment, transport and migration in Ireland and Europe; he is the author of Gridlock: Dublin’s Transport Crisis and the Future of the City and co-author of New Mobilities in Europe: Polish Migration to Ireland post-2004.  His book Unequal Europe: Social divisions and social cohesion in an old continent analysed the collapse of the European Social Model; his new text book European Societies (Routledge 2020) examines the structures of inequality in contemporary Europe.  He is a former director of TASC. 

Rebuilding Ireland: It’s time to end bogus self-employment in the construction industry

James Wickham 17/04/2016

James Wickham: As far as the tax system is concerned, many workers on Irish building sites are not workers at all. Instead of getting wages for doing …

The price of car dependency

James Wickham 08/03/2016

James Wickham: Three almost random stories about Dublin’s transport disaster. The first two show what happens if there is little investment in …

Wrong recovery, wrong investment

James Wickham 25/01/2016

James Wickham: According to the Taoiseach before COP21, Ireland needed special consideration because: "We have lost a decade of investment in our …

Do we seriously want to make Ireland like the USA?

James Wickham 21/12/2015

James Wickham: In a recent speech the Taoiseach stated that he wanted taxes in Ireland to be as low as those in the USA. Why? Allegedly this will …

Transport policy and social equality

James Wickham 17/11/2015

James Wickham: The National Transport Authority (NTA) has just closed the consultation period for its draft transport strategy for the Greater Dublin …

Why Brexit might be good for Europe – and for social equality

James Wickham 29/10/2015

James Wickham: As the Brexit referendum draws closer, progressive Europeans might start asking: do we really want them anyway? Arguably a Brexit …

Making Dublin the capital of Ireland

James Wickham 02/10/2015

James Wickham: Two opportunities are about to be lost for dramatic improvements to Dublin. There seems to be considerable push-back against Dublin …

Solving the Greek crisis – by making inequality worse?

James Wickham 26/06/2015

James Wickham: It seems the Eurozone finance ministers - and behind them the IMF – are rejecting the last proposals from the Greek government. …

Immigration: wishful thinking by well-meaning people (4 of 4)

James Wickham 10/02/2015

James Wickham: Here the argument is brought to a conclusion, with a full list of references. [Part 1 of these four posts is here] 4. The moral case …

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