Papadopoulos, O (2016) Economic crisis and youth unemployment: Comparing Greece and Ireland. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 22 (4). pp. 409-426. ISSN 0959-6801

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Both Greece and Ireland have long suffered high youth unemployment rates and have been pressured to restructure their employment and social systems under the European Employment Strategy. Problems were aggravated by the harsh conditions imposed by the Troika following bail-outs. Yet there was significant divergence in youth employment outcomes between Greece and Ireland despite a convergence of policies. In Ireland, tighter conditionality of benefits and stronger ‘activation’ were already on the agenda of the social actors, so their implementation was not forcefully contested. In Greece, the lack of effective social protection made it difficult for successive governments to build support for flexibilization, and the escalating insecurity of young Greeks and their families gave rise to social unrest and political instability. This contrast leads to a reappraisal of the convergence–divergence debate.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: economic crisis, European Union, Greece, Ireland neoliberalism, policy implementation, youth unemployment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 09:27

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