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Implications for jobs and inequality

, accounting, HR functions, shared services) provides no clear evidence regarding the quality of jobs in outsourced high-skilled occupations (Sako et al., 2013). In Europe, a particularly important stream of research has examined the restructuring of public sector service provision in response to government pressure to reduce costs, as well as strategies of the EU to create integrated markets for services across member states. New Public Management strategies have included a blurring of boundaries between the public and the private sectors via public–private partnerships or

in Making work more equal

response. At one level, the idea of regulatory support reinvigorated interest in representative voice at the workplace, while at another trade unions have largely vacated the regulatory space for voice, perhaps seeing Europeanstyle employee information rights as a back-door form of non-union voice (Hall et al., 2013). While EWCs, JCCs and some NERs offer employees some say in matters that affect them and their work, the barriers for those on the periphery of the employment relationship – agency and outsourced workers, and those working in public–private partnerships

in Making work more equal
Class polarisation and neo-liberalism in the Irish Republic

Initiatives, the union leaders in the Republic of Ireland have explicitly committed themselves to support for such schemes in the social partnership agreements. Under a framework for public–private partnership, the unions even agreed that some state employees would transfer to private companies.53 Conclusions The Celtic Tiger has been hailed as a model for developing countries because of its success in attracting multinational corporations that have engaged in an export programme. Social partnership was held to be an essential accessory to this strategy. As long as Irish

in The end of Irish history?
Introduction and overview

first to shed light on how networks of organisations linked together through outsourcing, franchising, temporary agency work and public–private partnerships were changing the nature of employment relationships and the organisation of work. The research revealed that intensified and increasingly complex inter-organisational relations are associated with the fragmentation of work and the blurring of organisational boundaries. These processes diffuse employer accountability along the subcontracting chain and confuse power and trust relations between employers, employees

in Making work more equal
An introduction to the book

of Britain (London: Macmillan, 2000). 19 Ibid., pp. 59–92. 20 Although initiatives between the state and business are less common in Ireland than in the United Kingdom, they are beginning to gather pace. For a critique of the operation of these schemes, see W. Kingston, ‘Public–private partnership plan is a recipe for ripoffs’, Irish Times, 12 August 2002, p. 14. 21 An important critique of the importation of hegemonic bourgeois ideals to Ireland – a process astutely designated as ‘ideological franchising’ – appears in P. Kirby, L. Gibbons and M. Cronin (eds

in The end of Irish history?