Politics, policy preferences and the evolution of Irish bureaucracy: A framework for analysis

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    Analysis of the Irish state's administrative system is an unaccountably neglected area of systematic academic inquiry. This is all the more difficult to account for in view of the dynamic relationship between government actors and the public bureaucracy in realizing political goals. This paper identifies some distinguishing institutional features and dominant trends in Irish politico-administrative governance, and suggests avenues for future inquiry. The paper begins with an examination of the literature on administrative system change, with a focus on the New Public Management literature. Following this, the Irish case is profiled, identifying the evolution of ministerial departments and of state agencies by successive Irish governments, including patterns of agency creation and termination over time. Particular attention is given to the period 1989-2010, which has been one of quite rapid and complex organizational change within the state's bureaucratic apparatus.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-47
    Number of pages25
    JournalIrish Political Studies
    Issue number1
    Early online date14 Dec 2011
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2012


    • Organizations
    • Administration
    • New Public Management
    • Ireland

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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