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Why has Irish Social Partnership Survived?


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  • Paul Teague
  • Jimmy Donaghey
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    The present system of social partnership in Ireland is in its twentieth year. A range of explanations have been put forward to explain why social partnership has been so durable even though it does not possess the institutional endowments often considered necessary to sustain tripartite industrial relations arrangements. Although these accounts are considered to have merits, this article suggests that they also suffer from a range of weaknesses. The article suggests that the longevity of the social partnership regime is a result of it being part of an unorthodox system of institutional complementarities that triggered a spectacular period of economic and employment growth. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 55-78

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:47:y:2009:i:1:p:55-78

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    1. James Wickham, 2011. "After the party's over: The Irish employment model and the paradoxes of non-learning," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series, IIIS iiisdp367, IIIS.
    2. Freyssinet, Jacques, 2010. "Tripartite responses to the economic crisis in the principal Western European countries," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 460361, International Labour Organization.
    3. Sebastian Dellepiane & Niamh Hardiman, 2012. "Fiscal Politics In Time: Pathways to Fiscal Consolidation, 1980-2012," Working Papers, Geary Institute, University College Dublin 201228, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    4. Freyssinet, Jacques, 2010. "Les réponses tripartites à la crise économique dans les principaux pays d'Europe occidentale," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 456758, International Labour Organization.
    5. Teague, Paul, 2013. "Resolving workplace disputes in Ireland : the role of the Labour Relations Commission," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 480573, International Labour Organization.
    6. Jacques Freyssinet, 2011. "L'impact de la crise économique sur les modes de production des normes de la relation d'emploi : l'exemple de six pays d'Europe occidentale," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00804884, HAL.


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