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5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE, Political science
Employing the critical juncture theory (CJT), a discursive institutionalist approach, this paper examines the nature of the changes to social partnership policy at the end of the decade of the 2000s. Did these changes constitute a transformation in social partnership policy, or were they a continuation of a previously established policy pathway? The CJT consists of three elements – economic crisis, ideational change, and the nature of the policy change – that must be identified for us to be able to declare with some certainty if the changes to social partnership policy constituted a critical juncture. In this context, ideational change is very important, constituting the intermediating factor between a crisis and the subsequent nature of the policy change. Our findings will help explain the nature of the changes to social partnership policy at this time.
Hogan, John, and Timoney, Nicola. (2017). A Discursive Institutionalist Approach to Understanding the Changes to the Irish Social Partnership Policy After 2008. Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, 45 (1): 67-92.