Thatcherism delayed? The Irish crisis and the paradox of social partnership
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T. McDonough and T. Dundon, 2010, Thatcherism Delayed? The Irish crisis and the paradox of social partnership, Industrial Relations Journal, Vol 41 (6), pp.544-562
This article reviews the state of Irish industrial relations in light of the current economic crisis. It argues that social partnership, paradoxically, was rooted in the continuation of a tradition of permissive voluntarism with minimal employment rights with both direct and indirect implications for the current Irish economic crisis. As such, Irish industrial relations cannot be understood in isolation from a broader analysis of the rise and fall of social structures of capitalist accumulation. The discussion considers the prognosis for social partnership post-economic crisis.