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Social Partnership and the Enterprise: Some Lessons From the Irish Experience


  • Paul Teague

    (School of Management and Economics, QueenÕs University Belfast)


This paper examines the Irish experience of social partnership at organisation level. It argues that three features in particular distinguish the Irish case. One is the importance attached to a procedural consensus to advance partnership. Another is the stress placed on experimental action in the development of these arrangements. A third characteristic is the use of an essentially non-legalistic public support framework to foster and guide the evolution of enterprise partnerships. The paper argues that while these features have merit they have not been to overcome fully what is called the partnership trilemma. This has caused the spread of organisational partnerships to remain stunted.

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  • Paul Teague, 2004. "Social Partnership and the Enterprise: Some Lessons From the Irish Experience," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 2(Summer), pages 6-35.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:2:y:2004:i:summer:p:6-35

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    Cited by:

    1. Guy Mundlak, 2009. "Addressing the Legitimacy Gap in the Israeli Corporatist Revival," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 47(4), pages 765-787, December.
    2. Avdagic, Sabina & Rhodes, Martin & Visser, Jelle, 2005. "The Emergence and Evolution of Social Pacts: A Provisional Framework for Comparative Analysis," European Governance Papers (EUROGOV) 1, CONNEX and EUROGOV networks.
    3. Anthony Dobbins & Tony Dundon, 2015. "Irish workplace partnership: unbridgeable tensions between an 'Irish third way' of voluntary mutuality and neo-liberal forces," Working Papers 15011, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).

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    Employment relations; organisational change; manager-employee interaction;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure


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