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    Irish civil society: rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic? A case study of fighting Irish social security retrenchment


    Murphy, Mary (2015) Irish civil society: rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic? A case study of fighting Irish social security retrenchment. Journal of Civil Society, 12 (1). pp. 17-32. ISSN 1744-8689

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    Abstract

    Examining the politics of Irish responses to crisis-related social security cuts gives insight into Irish agency and how crisis has shaped the contours of Irish civil society. Despite assertions of lack of protest, Irish retrenchment was resisted and sometimes partially defeated. Using political sociology frameworks to explore interactions between institutional, ideological and interest variables in three case studies of defending cuts enables analysis of resistance strategies. There are tensions when short-term defensive resistance strategies undermine or limit offensive political coalition-building that might offer greater long-term solidarity and more sustainable resistance to intensification of the neoliberal Irish welfare state.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: To cite this article: Mary P. Murphy (2016) Irish civil society: rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic? A case study of fighting Irish social security retrenchment, Journal of Civil Society, 12:1, 17-32, DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2016.1117244
    Keywords: Ireland; social security; austerity; defensive; offensive; retrenchment; politics of protest;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9053
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17448689.2016.1117244
    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Murphy
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 16:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Civil Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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