Leading Irish academics and policy practitioners present a current and comprehensive study of policy analysis in Ireland.
Contributors examine policy analysis at different levels of government and governance including international, national and local and in the civil service, as well as non-government actors such as NGOs, interest groups and think tanks. They investigate the influential roles of the European Union, the public, science, quantitative evidence, the media and gender expertise in policy analysis.
Surveying the history and evolution of public policy analysis in Ireland, this authoritative text addresses the current state of the discipline, identifies post-crisis developments and considers future challenges for policy analysis.
Michael Drew’s review of the causes and effects of food poverty in Ireland offers the first full-length study of this significant and protracted issue that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
The book brings together the complex picture emerging from interviews with users of food aid. Their pathways into and through food poverty are impacted by the policies and practices of government and employers with wide-ranging implications. The work explores the international landscape of food poverty and situates both experiences and responses in a comparative context. It considers how these results contribute to an understanding of the problem and what action should be taken.
The political economy of the Irish welfare state provides a fascinating interpretation of the evolution of social policy in modern Ireland, as the product of a triangulated relationship between church, state and capital.
Using official estimates, Professor Powell demonstrates that the welfare state is vital for the cohesion of Irish society with half the population at risk of poverty without it. However, the reality is of a residual welfare system dominated by means tests, with a two-tier health service, a dysfunctional housing system driven by an acquisitive dynamic of home-ownership at the expense of social housing, and an education system that is socially and religiously segregated.
Using the evolution of the Irish welfare state as a narrative example of the incompatibility of political conservatism, free market capitalism and social justice, the book offers a new and challenging view on the interface between structure and agency in the formation and democratic purpose of welfare states, as they increasingly come under critical review and restructuring by elites.
Contextualising ageing in Ireland
The global phenomenon of population ageing has resulted in a
significant increase in the number of older people in many countries.
Ireland has lagged behind other high-income countries in the
proportion of its population aged 65 and over, but this is projected to
change in the coming years, when there will be a significant increase
in the number and proportion of older people in the population. The
potential impact of population ageing, in particular, on the pension
fund and, to a
This chapter outlines the social and legal context for disability harassment in Ireland. Ireland is a member of the EU; as such, it is bound by EU law, including the FED, making it a suitable comparator for other EU member states or for states with an EU legal legacy, such as the UK. It has also ratified the CRPD, making its experience relevant to the many jurisdictions that have ratified that convention. Ireland’s legislative provisions on disability harassment are comprehensive and, in most respects, exemplify compliance with both the
Europeanised policy making in Ireland
Mary C. Murphy
Ireland’s decision to join the European Union (EU) on 1 January 1973 constitutes
the most important foreign policy decision by the Irish state since its foundation
in 1921. Ireland’s membership of the EU over a period of near five decades
has been punctuated by periods of both volatility and stability: Irish economic
fortunes have been mixed, public support for the EU has vacillated, policy
developments have sometimes been controversial, structural funds have been
Contextualising policy analysis in Ireland
John Hogan and Mary P. Murphy
Policy Analysis in Ireland constitutes the Irish element in the ever-expanding
International Library of Policy Analysis series, edited by Michael Howlett and Iris
Geva-May, and published by Policy Press. The volume provides unique insights
into the state of policy analysis in Ireland, a topic that has only recently received
significant attention in this country. It draws together contributions from some of
the leading policy analysis experts, both academics and
Ireland’s ‘unique blend’: local
government and policy analysis
There should be room in a democratic country for two levels of
government, each with its area of political responsibility. The local
level should not have to be compelled to live in perpetual fear of a
centralising vortex. (Marshall, 1967)
A fundamental argument in favour of local government is the building and
expression of community identity. Wilson and Game (2002, p 38) argue that local
authorities are the governments of particular communities and the
Introducing evidence into
policy making in Ireland
In recent decades, Ireland has followed the trend (increasingly prevalent in the
United Kingdom [UK] and the European Union [EU] from the mid-1990s)
towards increased use of empirical evidence in policy making. The evidence-
informed (rather than evidence-based) approach favoured in Ireland recognises
that other less easily measurable factors also come into play in policy formulation.
The evidence sources and methods adopted are wide-ranging, reflecting the
Dominant social work and social care discourses on ‘race’ and ethnicity often fail to incorporate an Irish dimension. This book challenges this omission and provides new insights into how social work has engaged with Irish children and their families, historically and to the present day. The book provides the first detailed exploration social work with Irish children and families in Britain; examines archival materials to illuminate historical patterns of engagement; provides an account of how social services departments in England and Wales are currently responding to the needs of Irish children and families; incorporates the views of Irish social workers and acts as a timely intervention in the debate on social work’s ‘modernisation’ agenda. The book will be valuable to social workers, social work educators and students. Its key themes will also fascinate those interested in ‘race’ and ethnicity in Britain in the early 21st century.