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Challenging times, challenging administrationThe role of public administration in producing social justice in Ireland$
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Chris McInerney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088292

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088292.001.0001

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Towards a social justice agenda in public administration

Towards a social justice agenda in public administration

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(p.169) 8 Towards a social justice agenda in public administration
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Challenging times, challenging administration
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Chris McInerney

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088292.003.0009

The final chapter of the book takes on a deliberately normative tone. In setting out an agenda for social justice within public administration it presents ten conclusions and associated avenues of action. These include a reflection of how a broader commitment to social justice might be engendered within Irish society as a means of informing the ethos of public administration as well a consideration of how an ideational shift towards social justice could be generated within public administration. The chapter presents further conclusions on public sector capacity building; on the cultivation of a stronger justice disposition amongst officials; on the renewal of governance and civic engagement; on the relationship between administration and politics; on the development of the relational state and the role of the local level in Irish democratic and administrative life.

Keywords:   Agenda for change, Public administration ethos, Relational state, Disposition

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