Dr. Michael Doherty is a lecturer in law in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland. Dr. Roland Erne is a lecturer of comparative and international employment relations in the UCD Business School, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Mind the gap: national and local partnership in the Irish public sector
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). Industrial Relations Journal © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Industrial Relations Journal
Volume 41, Issue 5, pages 461–478, September 2010
How to Cite
Doherty, M. and Erne, R. (2010), Mind the gap: national and local partnership in the Irish public sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 41: 461–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2338.2010.00580.x
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2010
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.