Executive Politics and Governance

Public Sector Reform in Ireland

Countering Crisis

Authors: MacCarthaigh, Muiris

  • Provides unique ‘insider’ insights on public sector reform by giving a voice to those charged with reform implementation
  • Captures a wide range of reform initiatives, and presents them in thematic perspective 
  • Contributes to international literatures on executive politics, public sector reform, and cutback management
  • In-depth examination of how public sector reform played an essential role in the Irish state’s response to the global financial crisis
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About this book

This book provides a thematic case-study analysis of the wide-ranging public sector reforms introduced in one of the states most deeply affected by the global financial crisis: the Republic of Ireland. It presents a timely and apposite examination of how a crisis can be used to overcome barriers and facilitate new reform agendas. The study draws upon unique insider access to the centre of Irish government, as well as interviews with over 60 key figures, to examine the implementation of those reforms over the 2011-16 period. The book opens with a contextual analysis of the creation of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Subsequent chapters explore the process of shrinking the Irish state, renegotiating the political-administrative bargain, expenditure reforms, administrative culture reforms, and political reforms. This rich ‘in action’ study of a reform agenda undertaken during a period of crisis will appeal not only to students of executive politics, cutback management and public sector reform, but also to practitioners seeking to implement administrative reforms.

About the authors

Muiris MacCarthaigh is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Reviews

“This is a book which needed to be written and Muiris MacCarthaigh has done us a great service by describing and analysing, in great depth, the public sector reforms which were initiated in the period 2011–2016 … . I have no hesitation in recommending this book. It is a tremendous contribution to the existing literature in this field and I know that I will be using it extensively in the classroom.” (Aodh Quinlivan, Irish Political Studies, February, 2018)
“This well-crafted book offers a ‘thick’ description of how the Irish state manufactured and delivered its administrative reforms after the 2008 financial crisis. It provides an invaluable exploration of how domestic and international influences shaped new thinking on issues such as shrinking the state, reforming public service employment, cutting expenditure, developing performance reforms and transparency initiatives.” (Philippe Bezes, Centre for European Studies, Science Po, France)

“This masterly and insightful analysis addresses the policy choices faced by the Irish government as it sought to undertake substantial public administration reforms in the midst of the global financial crisis. Both practitioners and scholars will benefit from reading this account of reform in action - not only in Ireland but also on a global scale.” (Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and Walter Kickert,  Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    MacCarthaigh, Muiris

    Pages 1-26

  • Political and Administrative Context

    MacCarthaigh, Muiris

    Pages 27-57

  • A Ministry for Public Sector Reform

    MacCarthaigh, Muiris

    Pages 59-90

  • Through the Window of Reform

    MacCarthaigh, Muiris

    Pages 91-125

  • Shrinking the State: Organisational Reform and Rationalisation

    MacCarthaigh, Muiris

    Pages 127-163

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57460-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-57459-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Sector Reform in Ireland
Book Subtitle
Countering Crisis
Authors
Series Title
Executive Politics and Governance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57460-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57460-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57459-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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