Institutional Design and Irish Political Reform
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Citation:Hardiman, Niamh. 'Institutional Design and Irish Political Reform'. - Dublin: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol.XXXIX 2009/10, pp53-69
The financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2008 exposed significant weaknesses in Irish decision-making and policy implementing processes. In contrast with other European countries in the grip of crisis, the political system was not fundamentally challenged and the incumbent government held onto power. But confidence in government?s capacity to respond adequately fell to historically low levels. This paper considers institutional shortcomings in three arenas through which policies to deal with the crisis must be managed: the parliamentary system and executive leadership, the structures of public administration, and the institutions through which fiscal policy is made.
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Series/Report no:Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland;
Vol. 39, 2010;
Description:Part of Symposium: Resolving Ireland's Fiscal Crisis (read before the Society, 26th November 2009)