Governing Ireland: From Cabinet Government to Delegated Governance
Governing Ireland: From Cabinet Government to Delegated Governance, E. O'Malley & M. MacCarthaigh, eds., Institute of Public Administration, 2011
302 Pages Posted: 18 May 2014
Date Written: 2011
Ireland tends to perform well on those indices that seek to measure and rank government effectiveness (Boyle 2010; Holmberg, Rothstein and Nasiritousi 2009; Kaufmann, Kraay and Mastruzzi 2006). And notwithstanding periodic conflicts and crises, Irish governments tend to be relatively stable. However, the collapse of the Irish economy, the parlous state of the country’s finances following over a decade of plenty, and the abject failure of the regulatory system to cope with excessive bank lending indicate that the contemporary Irish system of government is not in good shape and that those in it cannot afford to be self-congratulatory.
It is therefore important and timely that we examine our governmental system and question whether it works as well as it could, study where it is failing, and, most importantly, suggest changes to improve it. An edited book on Governing Ireland with chapters on cabinet, Taoiseach (prime minister), Finance, media, the Courts, European Union, Agencification, Monitoring, social partnership etc.
Keywords: Ireland, Government
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