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
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8231||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:||Austerity; Public sector reform; Comparing policy paradigms; Agencies; Budgets||DOI:||10.1080/13876988.2015.1103432||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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