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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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The evolution of public administration in Ireland

The evolution of public administration in Ireland

(p.100) 5 The evolution of public administration in Ireland
Challenging times, challenging administration

Chris McInerney

Manchester University Press

Chapter 5 discusses some of the main elements of Irish public administration, exploring the origins of contemporary administration and the main pillars around which it is built. This discussion provides a platform for analysis of how social justice has been dealt with at different levels in the Irish administrative system. It questions whether the largely undisturbed transfer of administrative capacity from pre independence Ireland to the newly independent state served to cultivate and embed a culture of conservatism within the public administration system that inhibits a willingness to tackle the complexity of social justice. The chapter goes on to explore the evolution of state agencies and the closely related topics of public sector reform and capacity building, focusing on the role of agencies in creating both activist and relational capacity for the state. However, the chapter concludes that the potential to exploit this capacity may well be undermined by the largely technical and instrumental nature of current public sector reform dispositions.

Keywords:   Ireland, Public administration system, Agencies, Public sector reform

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