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How Governments Retrench In Crisis: The Case of Ireland

 

Niamh Hardiman and Muiris MacCarthaigh have published a paper recently that looks at the case of Ireland in an era of austerity. They explore the extent of government change as a result of fiscal retrenchement as a result of the financial crisis that developed from 2007 onwards, in particular the way that this has changed the organisational profile and policy competences of the state.

The full abstract of the paper:

The Irish experience of fiscal retrenchment under crisis conditions poses new questions of governance, the evolving answers to which are likely to involve importance changes in the state‚Äôs organizational profile and in its policy competences. The government is required to formulate and implement extremely tough choices, particularly since Ireland entered an EU-IMF loan programme in November 2010. Yet government does retain some policy discretion in the priorities it adopts in the composition of budget adjustment and in the distributive impact of cuts. This paper sets out to explore where the adjustments have been made through examination both of the composition of budgets and of the organizational configuration of state institutions, and it analyses how these outcomes can be accounted for. The paper draws upon a new official database setting out a detailed compositional analysis of Irish public spending between 2008 and 2012, and upon the Irish State Administration Database (http://isad.ie) through which the organizational aspects of the state’s policy capacity can be analysed.

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