Institutional Design and Irish Political Reform

Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 39 , pp. 53-69, November 2010

17 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010 Last revised: 29 Dec 2010

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Niamh Hardiman

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

The financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2008 exposed significant weaknesses in Irish decision-making and policy implementing processes. In contrast with other European countries in the grip of crisis, the political system was not fundamentally challenged and the incumbent government held onto power. But confidence in government’s capacity to respond adequately fell to historically low levels. This paper considers institutional shortcomings in three arenas through which policies to deal with the crisis must be managed: the parliamentary system and executive leadership, the structures of public administration, and the institutions through which fiscal policy is made.

Keywords: economic crisis, Ireland, decision-making, institutional design

JEL Classification: E60, E62, E64, H10, H11, H19

Suggested Citation

Hardiman, Niamh, Institutional Design and Irish Political Reform (September 1, 2010). Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 39 , pp. 53-69, November 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1723406

Niamh Hardiman (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

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Belfield, Dublin 4 4
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