Society is an ever-changing setting of public interaction, shaped by altering economic, political, cultural and social environments. The purpose of this website is to identify and explore these issues, providing a forum for informed debate on and a further understanding of the societies we live in.
The EU and the Globalization Trilemma

The EU and the Globalization Trilemma

In his work The Crisis of the European Union (2012 – reviewed for society.ie here), Habermas argued for the uncoupling of democratic procedure from the sovereign state, on the grounds that the power of nation states to control the forces that substantially govern the lives of their citizens (market forces,...
Recovery, Growth and Politics: An Ocean Apart

Recovery, Growth and Politics: An Ocean Apart

The end of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 have been rather good periods for financial markets worldwide, with Trump’s election gave investors new promises and hopes, with deregulation, investments in infrastructure and energy projects at the top of the list
Recovery, growth and politics: Draghi's patience

Recovery, growth and politics: Draghi’s patience

In post-crisis Europe, and specifically in the Eurozone, economic recovery has been rather sluggish. The year 2009 sparked a small rebound, which was stopped in its tracks by the sovereign debt crisis of 2011. The situations lasted around two and a half years, after which another upward movement started, only...
Conditional Cash Transfers: Alleviating the Present, Investing in the Future

Conditional Cash Transfers: Alleviating the Present, Investing in the Future

The Irish social policy model, in particular when it comes to welfare provision, is generally categorised as Liberal in nature, taking a passive, ‘safety-net’ approach to welfare intervention. Such a system is intended to alleviate the risk of extreme deprivation, but keep public welfare sufficiently sparse so as not risk...
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Integration v Assimilation: Flaws of Coerced Inclusion

Integration v Assimilation: Flaws of Coerced Inclusion

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the state of Switzerland had the right to oblige a pair of Muslim parents to send their daughters to mixed swimming lessons. While the parents had protested that the requirement to send their daughters to mixed swimming lessons violated Article 9 of the European Convention...
Guaranteed Income: a Dream or a Solution for 2017?

Guaranteed Income: a Dream or a Solution for 2017?

In his 1967 book Where do we go from here, Martin Luther King wrote: I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income. This coming year marks the fifty year...
Brexit and the decline of the Rural Left

Brexit and the decline of the Rural Left

In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit result in June, articles were quick to apportion blame to demographic cohorts that enabled the unthinkable result to become reality. The old, the rural, the uneducated; each segment’s electoral naivety was roundly lambasted by those at the vanguard of ‘progress’ and ‘modernity’. The plethora of criticisms was neatly...
The European Pillar of Social Rights: A Timely Lifeline for the EU?

The European Pillar of Social Rights: A Timely Lifeline for the EU?

The march of far-right wing political parties across Europe, the recent Brexit, and the US Presidential election of Donald Trump - have all signalled a sweeping social disconnect and disenfranchisement on both sides of the Atlantic.
Parallelgesellschaften: Leicester Model and the Politics of Integration

Parallelgesellschaften: Leicester Model and the Politics of Integration

The terrorist bombings in Brussels and Paris in recent months have brought a strong and at times xenophobic edge to the continuing discussion on immigration and the integration of minorities in Europe. While previous articles on this website have focused on the migrant crisis, this article looks at issues with regards integration of migrants in...
The Issues of General Election 2016: Healthcare

The Issues of General Election 2016: Healthcare

The healthcare system is an inefficient, two-tiered mishmash of public and private providers and clients, and is in urgent need of drastic change. This much all political parties are in general agreement on. However, approaches to resolving the failings and inefficiencies of the current system vary widely, from the private-provision orientated philosophies of Renua, to the...
The Issues of General Election 2016: Childcare and Parental Leave

The Issues of General Election 2016: Childcare and Parental Leave

Childcare Policy & Gender Equality: Will the next government deliver? The incomparably high costs of childcare in Ireland continues to cripple low to middle income earners who work full time. The average annual cost of childcare in the EU accounts for 12% of family income, in Ireland this figure rises to 35% for Irish families....
The Issues of General Election 2016: Housing

The Issues of General Election 2016: Housing

Five years after the 31st Dáil was elected on the backlash of the property crash, housing remains one of the most contentious issues in the run up to General Election 2016. Different housing approaches have been taken over the course of the state’s existence, with each holding specific benefits and downsides to its social stakeholders....
Income inequality in Capitalist Structures: Live and Let Die?

Income inequality in Capitalist Structures: Live and Let Die?

The recent Oxfam report An Economy for the 1% (Oxfam International 18/01/16) has received widespread international attention for reporting the growing economic disparity between the world’s richest and poorest. The startling figure that resonated with international media was the revelation that 62 of the world’s richest people own the same amount of wealth as half...
'Why should surfers be fed?' Unconditional Basic Income in Ireland

‘Why should surfers be fed?’ Unconditional Basic Income in Ireland

With a General Election imminent, testing social issues are sure to be voiced readily over the coming months in both party manifestos and general public discourse. One topic that will certainly take centre stage in the upcoming debates is the issue of social deprivation and how to best combat economic poverty in a state still recovering...
The end of Schengen and the Euro dream? Europe’s crisis of consensus

The end of Schengen and the Euro dream? Europe’s crisis of consensus

A European project which set out with the intention of complete convergence and policy harmonization has ironically, resulted in widespread divergence and disharmony.
Individualistic Homelessness: Housing the roofless

Individualistic Homelessness: Housing the roofless

While decriminalising drug possession is a simplistic and ultimately self-defeating approach (a topic to be addressed in a future article), it must also be realised that incarceration is not a suitable response to dealing with social problems such as narcotic abuse, and will ultimately only succeed in increasing rooflessness, itself a gateway to narcotic use....
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