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Title: Youth unemployment debates in Greece and Ireland : the impact of institutions and the economic crisis
Author: Papadopoulos, Orestis
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis explores the impact that differing institutional settings in Greece and the Republic of Ireland have on the discourses shaping policies of youth unemployment before and after the onset of the economic crisis. The institutional and political differences between the two countries are assumed to constrain the incorporation of ideas and policies and to produce non-convergence between the two cases. In particular, based on the theoretical and methodological assumptions of path dependency theories, it was assumed that the Greek youth unemployment debate will be dominated by social Europe ideas, while the Irish youth unemployment debate will be predominantly oriented towards neo-liberal ideas. However, due to pressures exercised by the European Employment Strategy and the economic crisis, the thesis also set to investigate whether and if so to what extent these forces exercise convergence pressures. The results of the research showed that certain institutional features of Greece and Ireland, derived from their different institutional settings and political legacies, prompted a non-convergence trend between the two cases, as the research had expected. However, the results of the research also indicated that certain convergences emerged between the two cases, while at the same time, some actors did not respond in accordance to the research hypothesis especially after the outbreak of the crisis. Due to the specific results, the thesis concluded that, although institutions defined certain attitudes and policy ideas, however, exogenous political and economic factors such as the economic crisis played an important role in prompting shifts in established ideas and social actors' alliances.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor