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Organising for Growth: Irish State Administration 1958-2008


  • Niamh Hardiman

    (University College Dublin)

  • Muiris MacCarthaigh

    (Institute of Public Administration and UCD Geary Institute)


This paper analyses some key features of Irish public administration as it has developed since the foundation of the state, paying particular attention to the period from the late 1950s onward. During these decades, notwithstanding successive waves of concern expressed over the need for public sector reform, the evidence suggests an underlying lack of coherence in the evolution of the public administration system that resulted in a poor capacity for effective policy coordination. Yet the drive toward economic modernisation also resulted in the creation of new state competence to support industrial development both directly and indirectly. These changes can be tracked organisationally, drawing on the database of the IRCHSS-funded Mapping the Irish State project.

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  • Niamh Hardiman & Muiris MacCarthaigh, 2010. "Organising for Growth: Irish State Administration 1958-2008," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 41(3), pages 367-393.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:41:y:2010:i:3:p:367-393

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    1. Niamh Hardiman, 2010. "Bringing Domestic Institutions Back into Understanding Ireland’s Economic Crisis," Working Papers 201042, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    2. Niamh Hardiman & Muiris MacCarthaigh, 2013. "How Governments Retrench In Crisis: The Case of Ireland," Working Papers 201315, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.

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