Archives For July 2014

The New Deals in the New Economy project seeks a postdoctoral researcher for a two year post. The postdoc will carry out statistical analysis of comparative workplace change in Europe, drawing mainly on the European Working Conditions Survey.

Closing Date for applications is August 11th 2014. Informal enquiries to

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A critical element of the New Deals project involves the comparison of the Danish and Irish workplace regimes and political economies. These two talks (slides below) examine working time in Denmark and corporatist bargaining in Ireland and Denmark.

The Politics of Working Time in Denmark

The Varying ‘Centralised Decentralisations’ of Industrial Relations in Denmark and Ireland

See our working papers for further comparative work on labour’s share of national income in Ireland and Denmark, and on patterns of working time across the EU27.

Seán Ó Riain has two recent opinion pieces that address the future of the Irish political economy and social contract.

A recent article in the Irish Times draws on the analysis in The Rise and Fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger (see post below) to caution against repeating the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger era. An op-ed in the Irish Independent examines the role a new form of social partnership could play in that process.

At a recent Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference Seán’s presentation examined the importance of an ‘investment diamond’ for promoting a fair recovery. See the slides of A Fair Recovery for Ireland and the video of the talk (starts around 33 minutes, after an excellent talk by Reiner Hoffman).

At Social Justice Ireland’s conference Seán explored these issues in more depth in a discussion of ‘Ireland Through a Nordic Lens’ – the slides of the talk are available here. See also this short interview on issues facing the Irish economy.

Europe’s Crisis

July 16, 2014

Seán Ó Riain has an article on “Why Isn’t Europe More Keynesian?” in the Social Europe Journal, July 2014

A recent seminar on “The Diversity and Dilemmas of Europe’s Capitalisms” at the Economic and Social Research Institute explored similar issues, the paper can be found here.

Seán has also examined these issues in relation to the Fiscal Treaty, including a submission to the Oireachtas (with Dr John O’Brennan) and an op-ed in the Irish Times on the missing elements in Chancellor Merkel’s vision for Europe.

This recent talk and paper by Seán Ó Riain at the Nevin Economic Research Institute gives an overview of the issues and makes the case for an extended and rejuvenated enterprise policy as central to economic recovery:

Details of the talk     Read the paper

Other contributions include:

An overview chapter in D. Jacobson (ed) Nuts and Bolts of Innovation

An op-ed in the Irish Times with Michael O’Sullivan arguing that a state investment bank could shift the Irish economy away from an over-reliance on property

In this video Seán discusses the enterprise policy implications of NESC Report 125 – Economic Recovery and Jobs (see more on the report here)