Wednesday, 22th April 2015. Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
The seminar consisted of a presentation from Joe Larraghy or Maynooth University, followed by questions and debate. The slides from the presentation are available here.
It is now six years since the global financial crisis, which brought social partnership in Ireland to a shuddering halt. Now, in the run-up to an election year in 2016, and a backdrop of improvements in economic growth, unemployment and other indicators, there have been some signs that the government is interested in re-opening some form of "social dialogue".
In this presentation, based on his book, Asymmetric Engagement, Larragy analyses of the experience of social partnership from the perspective of the participation of community sector organisations during the 1987 to 2008 period, examining questions such as: Was it a failure? Were there any tangible gains? Were the Community and Voluntary Pillar organisations incorporated? He explores the theoretical significance of what has been recognised as quite a novel experiment in participatory democracy. Finally, he explores the prospects for the future of community sector engagement with government on social policy development.