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Origins and Significance of the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership


  • Joe Larragy

    (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)


The Irish social partnership is comparatively unusual in the way that corporatist bargaining also accommodates community and voluntary sector organisations. This paper examines the origins and significance of the Community/Voluntary Pillar (CVP) in relation to a fiscal and social crisis and a crisis of legitimacy for the political elite. It identifies some key driving forces in the pillar and explores the case of one in particular – the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU). While sceptical of accounts that are dismissive of the Pillar, the paper acknowledges that its influence has waned since the fiscal and unemployment crises have subsided.

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  • Joe Larragy, 2006. "Origins and Significance of the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 37(3), pages 375-398.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:37:y:2006:i:3:p:375-398

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    1. Patrick Honohan & Brendan Walsh, 2002. "Catching Up with the Leaders: The Irish Hare," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 33(1), pages 1-78.
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    1. Anna Ray Davies, 2009. "Does sustainability count? Environmental policy, sustainable development and the governance of grassroots sustainability enterprise in Ireland," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(3), pages 174-182.

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