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Mind the gap: National and local partnership in the Irish public sector

Doherty, Michael and Erne, Roland (2010) Mind the gap: National and local partnership in the Irish public sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 41 (5). pp. 461-478. ISSN 0019-8676

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This article uses case study data from a major Irish city council to investigate and explain public sector worker attitudes towards social partnership at local and national level. It is argued that the more sceptical attitudes to workplace partnership reflect structural differences between local and national arrangements, which have enabled public sector employers to use ‘social partnership’ as a constraint in the implementation process of a pre-determined public sector reform agenda.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Additional Information:Final version published in Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 461-478, September 2010 Wiley-Blackwell
Uncontrolled Keywords:public sector reform; social partnership; trade unions; commodification
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell
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Copyright Information:© 2010 The Author(s).
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17037
Deposited On:22 May 2012 11:35 by Michael Doherty. Last Modified 22 May 2012 11:35

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