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Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland
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Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Derek Birrell

Abstract

This is a comprehensive study of direct rule as the system of governance that operated in Northern Ireland for most of the period between 1972 and 2007. The major institutions of governance are described and examined in detail, including the often-neglected sectors of the role of the Westminster parliament, the civil service, local government, quangos, ombudsmen offices, cross-border structures and the public expenditure process. The book explains how the complex system covering transferred, reserved and excepted functions worked and provided viable governance despite political violence, const ... More

Keywords: direct rule, system of governance, Northern Ireland, Westminster parliament, civil service, local government, quangos, ombudsmen offices, cross-border structures, public expenditure process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077579
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077579.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Birrell, author