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    Implementing marketisation: comparing Irish activation and social housing

    Murphy, Mary P. and Hearne, Rory (2019) Implementing marketisation: comparing Irish activation and social housing. Irish Political Studies, 34 (3). pp. 444-463. ISSN 0790-7184

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    This paper contributes to the analysis of policy making processes in the Irish context. It offers original insights into recent policy changes in Irish activation and social housing policy which, over the period of austerity, were subject to significant institutional reshaping and structural reforms including marketisation. A three I’s framework tracing the interaction of key ideas, institutions and interests isolates dynamics informing the implementation of marketisation in these sectors and allows insights into how policy is shaped by key variables including markets, civil society and international actors. Attention is drawn to the different pathways to, and implementation of, marketisation in the different sectors. Marketisation reforms were largely implemented in PES and activation reforms, but marketisation pathways had different fortunes when it came to meeting social housing need. The paper explores why this is the case and suggests issues of scale and degrees of financialisation are important factors informing different pathways to and experiences of marketisation of social policy, with, in both sectors, important consequences for social policy and human rights. Issues of ideology, centralisation, international f(actors), timing and scale are important variables in shaping different pathways to marketisation with consequences for likelihood of political resistance to such processes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Marketisation; Ireland; ideas; institutions; interests; social policy
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13556
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    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Murphy
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 16:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Political Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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