Mortished, R.J.P. 'Notes on the National Economic Councils of Germany and France'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIV part 6, 1928/1929, pp1-27
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIV part 6 1928/1929
The Saorstát needs at least as much as any other State an
organization designed to mobilize all available competences
in the service of the State, to make a wide and penetrating
review of our economic position and possibilities, to ensure the
taking of long views and continuity and correlation in social
and economic activities, to stimulate progress and, as a condition
of all else, to educate the whole community and create a public
opinion favourable to intelligent economic activity. These
purposes might be served by the setting-up of a National Economic
Council, not as a substitute for either Dail or Senate,
but as a special organ of the State. The French and German
models suggest possibilities of a body which would be an organ
of study but also of advice, in equally close touch with
Government and Parliament. But there would unquestionably
be great difficulties. The insufficiency of economic organization,
particularly on the employers' side, might perhaps render
necessary an unusually extensive resort to nomination rather
than delegation, though the existence of the Council would itself
tend to cure this defect. But, since the phrase "National
Economic Council" has already made some fugitive appearances
in our public discussions, the first essential is to seek
to give a real content to the phrase by such a presentation
of working models as has been attempted in this paper.
Read before the Society on Friday, March 22nd, 1929
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