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Ordering Things: The Irish State Administration Database


  • Niamh Hardiman

    (School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin)

  • Colin Scott

    (UCD Centre for Regulation and Governance, UCD School of Law, University College Dublin)


New theoretical approaches to the state have posed challenges for the comparative analysis of the organizational features of states. The analysis of state bodies and state agencies has largely been confined to the sub-discipline of public administration, and has been resistant to the systematic classification that has made progress possible in other areas of comparative politics. This article argues that there is much to be gained by reconceptualizing state bodies in a comparative context. This paper profiles the classification system underlying the construction of the Irish State Administration Database (ISAD) (Hardiman et al., 2011). This paper sets out a new approach to conceptualizing the organizational and functional features of states. ISAD not only provides a valuable research resource for work on the Irish state, but can also provide a framework for building a comparative research agenda.

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  • Niamh Hardiman & Colin Scott, 2011. "Ordering Things: The Irish State Administration Database," Working Papers 201127, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201127

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    1. Muiris MacCarthaigh, 2011. "Politics, policy preferences and the evolution of Irish bureaucracy: A framework for analysis," Working Papers 201128, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.

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