Pay Determination in the Republic of Ireland: Towards Social Corporatism?

Paul Teague*

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In Ireland there is a widespread belief that the country is moving towards a ‘European model’ of industrial relations. One claim is that the industrial relations system can be now described as social corporatist. Advocates of this view invariably point to the substance and the durability of the latest round of centralized wage agreements in support of this claim. This paper assesses the validity of the argument. Because discussions about social corporatism are so diffuse, the first part of the paper develops a framework that sheds light on what the concept means in economic and institutional terms. In the second part of the paper this framework is used to assess the functioning of the recent national pay deals. The conclusion is that these agreements should not be regarded as social corporatist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-273
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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