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Whitaker Ideas Forum: Caroline Finn, Intra-household Economic Decision-making During a Period of Recession and Austerity in Ireland

November 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: CA110 (SAC Room), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway Galway Ireland

Speaker(s): Caroline Finn

Affiliation: Gender and Public Policy Research Cluster

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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The Fall 2017 Whitaker Ideas Forum series continues on 1 November with a seminar by Caroline Finn of the Gender and Public Policy research cluster on the topic of ‘Intra-household economic decision-making during a period of recession and austerity in Ireland’.

This seminar will examine how intra-household economic decision-making (a proxy for power relations) has played out within couples in the context of a period of recession and austerity in Ireland. Using qualitative data, this discussion will help illustrate the dynamic nature of power relations within couples. The narratives suggest that couples have a power trajectory running parallel with their relationship trajectory. Power relations were being negotiated and re-negotiated as couples traversed their relationship trajectory, with life-course transitions and life events permeating much of the economic decision-making processes within the couples interviewed.