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Title: The politics of empowerment: power, populism and partnership in rural Ireland
Author: Varley, Tony
Curtin, Chris
Keywords: Governance
Social partnership
Regional planning
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: Varley, Tony; Curtin, Chris. 'The politics of empowerment: power, populism and partnership in rural Ireland'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 37, No. 3, Winter, 2006, pp. 423–446, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: Since the early 1990s local area partnerships, sponsored either by the state or by the EC/EU together with the state, have proliferated in Ireland as elsewhere (Geddes, 2000). What inspired these area partnerships initially was an official analysis that the conditions resulting in urban and rural decline had reached crisis dimensions that cried out for a fresh policy response. The basic idea was to tackle intractable economic and social problems by creating institutional arrangements capable of producing a consensus among key actors and of harnessing the energies of the public, private and voluntary sectors in new dynamic area partnerships.
Description: This paper was delivered at a conference “Social Partnership: A New Kind of Governance?” funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and the Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth, 14-15 September 2004.
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-
The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 37, No. 3, Winter, 2006

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