State retrenchment and administrative reform in Ireland: Probing comparative policy paradigms

Niamh Hardiman, Muiris MacCarthaigh

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Abstract

Policy choices in response to crisis may carry consequences both for distributive outcomes and for the future policy capacity of the state itself. In this paper, we use conceptual heuristics to interpret policy practice. We examine the underlying policy paradigms shaping Irish government decisions in the aftermath of the European financial and economic crisis. We distinguish between two such paradigms- market-conforming and social equity - and apply them to three reform themes: reconfiguration of public budgets, the public service pay bargain, and the organizational profile of state competences. Our findings entail lessons for understanding the malleability of policy choice, and how state policy choices in response to crisis are framed and implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-118
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Volume19
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 15 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • austerity
  • Public sector reform
  • comparing policy paradigms
  • agencies
  • Budgets

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