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Modernising Irish Government

Introduces the Strategic Management Initiative, its origins and its impact;
discussed in terms of efficiency, responsibility and democracyExamines the scale, scope and structure of the delivery of services to the
public and their relationship to the civil service, government departments,
commercial semi-state companies and other public bodies
Identifies a number of significant failures in service delivery, examines these
in detail, and offers an analysis of the reasons for them
Reviews the institutional framework for regulating monopolies in such sectors
as telecommunications, aviation and retail competition
Presents a critique of the new kinds of relationships between government & the
people by reviewing Social Partnership, the Citizen Charters of government
departments and other similar instruments
Examines current, key Human Resource issues within the Civil Service, including
the contentious issue of decentralisation
Written in an accessible style by experienced academics from three disciplines, political science, management and human resource management


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Publication Date

May 2007




Paperback, 240 pages

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Chapter 1: Ireland`s Bureaucratic Traditions
Chapter 2: New Public Management ? The New Orthodoxy
Chapter 3: Modes of Delivery ? Who Does What, When and Why?
Chapter 4: Delivery Failures ? Letting the Public Down
Chapter 5: The Civil Service and Regulatory Reform
Chapter 6: Social Partnership and New Rights for the Citizen?Consumer
Chapter 7: Managing the Servants of the People ? HRM in the Public Service


235 x 156 mm


By Neil Collins, Patrick Butler and Terry Cradden

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Out of print

Neil Collins is Dean of Faculty and Professor of Government at University College Cork.

Terry Cradden was formerly Head of the School of Commerce and International Business at the University of Ulster.

Patrick Butler is Associate Professor at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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