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Conflict, Concertation and Innovation: An Alternative Approach to Irish Social Partnership


  • Colm O'Reardon


This paper explores alternative approaches to understanding the economic implications of social partnership in Ireland. Discussion of orthodox approaches identifies a number of shortcomings, including a narrow definition of competitiveness and the lack of a conflict perspective. Previous work within the field of Comparative Political Economy suggest that Social Concertation Agreements can mitigate the effects of social conflict in a manner which is economically advantageous. The literature on National Systems of Innovation places considerable emphasis on the importance of innovation as the basis on long-term competitiveness. Innovation, however, can be process, which is fraught with conflict. It follows, therefore, that a major contribution of social partnership in Ireland may be the facilitation of innovation.

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  • Colm O'Reardon, 1995. "Conflict, Concertation and Innovation: An Alternative Approach to Irish Social Partnership," Papers WP057, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp057

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    1. Joe Durkan, 1992. "Social consensus and incomes policy," Open Access publications 10197/1066, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    2. Lars Calmfors, 1993. "Centralisation of Wage Bargaining and Macroeconomic Performance: A Survey," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 131, OECD Publishing.
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