Exploiting conditionality: EU and international actors and post-NPM reform in Ireland

Title: Exploiting conditionality: EU and international actors and post-NPM reform in Ireland
Authors: MacCarthaigh, Muiris
Hardiman, Niamh
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10142
Date: 10-Apr-2019
Online since: 2019-04-25T06:56:22Z
Abstract: Between 2008 and 2015, Ireland undertook unprecedented and systemic public sector reforms in a polity not traditionally considered a prominent reformer. While some of these reforms comprised part of the loan programme agreement with EU and international actors, many others did not. This article argues that the crisis in Ireland provided a window of opportunity to introduce reforms that political and administrative elites had previously found difficult to implement. The authority of the Troika was invoked to provide legitimacy for controversial initiatives, yet some of the reforms went further than the loan programme strictly required. A number of these concerning organisational rationalisation, the public service 'bargain' and transversal policy coordination are considered here. Agreements were negotiated with public sector unions that facilitated sharp cuts in pay and conditions, reducing the potential for opposition to change. The reform effort was further legitimated by the reformers' post-New Public Management, whole-of-government discourse, which situated considerations of effectiveness and efficiency in a broader framework of public service quality and delivery.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal: Public Policy and Administration
Start page: 1
End page: 22
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Author
Keywords: IrelandGFCTroikaPublic sector reformPost-NPM
DOI: 10.1177/0952076718796548
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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