State Retrenchment and Administrative Reform in Ireland: Probing Comparative Policy Paradigms

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Title: State Retrenchment and Administrative Reform in Ireland: Probing Comparative Policy Paradigms
Authors: Hardiman, Niamh
MacCarthaigh, Muiris
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Date: 2016
Abstract: Policy choices in response to crisis may carry consequences both for distributive outcomes and for the future policy capacity of the state itself. This paper uses conceptual heuristics to interpret policy practice. It examines the underlying policy paradigms shaping Irish government decisions in the aftermath of the European financial and economic crisis. Drawing on comparative political economy literature, it distinguishes between two such paradigms – market-conforming and social equity – and applies them to three reform themes: reconfiguration of public budgets, the public service pay bargain, and the organizational profile of state competences. The findings entail lessons for understanding the malleability of policy choice, and how state policy choices in response to crisis are framed and implemented.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Start page: 100
End page: 118
Copyright (published version): 2016 The Editor
Keywords: AusterityPublic sector reformComparing policy paradigmsAgenciesBudgets
DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2015.1103432
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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