Organizing for Growth: Irish Public Administration 1958-2008

The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 367–393, Autumn 2010

28 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009 Last revised: 30 Oct 2010

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Niamh Hardiman

University College Dublin (UCD)

Muiris MacCarthaigh

Queen's University Belfast

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper analyses some key features of Irish public administration as it has developed since the foundation of the state, paying particular attention to the period from the late 1950s onward. During these decades, notwithstanding successive waves of concern expressed over the need for public sector reform, the evidence suggests an underlying lack of coherence in the evolution of the public administration system that resulted in a poor capacity for effective policy coordination. Yet the drive toward economic modernization also resulted in the creation of new state competence to support industrial development both directly and indirectly. These changes can be tracked organizationally, drawing on the database of the IRCHSS-funded Mapping the Irish State project.

Keywords: Ireland, public administration, state capacity, New Public Management, industrial policy

JEL Classification: H11, H19, H42

Suggested Citation

Hardiman, Niamh and MacCarthaigh, Muiris, Organizing for Growth: Irish Public Administration 1958-2008 (June 1, 2009). The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 367–393, Autumn 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1506949

Niamh Hardiman (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Muiris MacCarthaigh

Queen's University Belfast ( email )

25 University Square
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Ireland

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