Protecting the most vulnerable in an economic crisis: a participatory study of civil society organisations in the Republic of Ireland

Gemma Carney, Tony Dundon, Aine Ni Leime

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    Abstract

    This paper advances knowledge of how civil society organisations (CSOs) negotiate the shift from boom-time public expenditure to governmental austerity. The study focuses on the Republic of Ireland, where CSOs occupied an important role in providing a voice for ‘vulnerable’citizens in corporatism for over a decade. The global financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures caused the country’s model of corporatist-style ‘social partnership’ to collapse. The article connects CSOs’ adaptation to austerity measures when protecting the ‘people behind the cuts’ to broader questions about co-optation of civil society through state-led policymaking
    institutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-346
    Number of pages17
    JournalVoluntary Sector Review
    Volume3
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

    Keywords

    • civil society
    • austerity
    • vulnerable

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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