Managing Europe from an Irish perspective: critical junctures and the increasing formalization of the core executive in Ireland

O'Mahony, Jane and Laffan, Brigid (2007) Managing Europe from an Irish perspective: critical junctures and the increasing formalization of the core executive in Ireland. Public Administration, 85 (1). pp. 167-188. ISSN 0033-3298. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

This article analyzes the management of European Union (EU) business by the Irish core executive. More specifically, it investigates the demands placed by EU membership on the Irish system of public administration and how the system has responded to these demands. Employing an institutionalist analytical framework, the article maps the formal and informal organisational and procedural devices or structures used to manage EU affairs in Ireland, as well as dissecting the key relationships that govern this management process and the role of the domestic agents actively involved in the EU’s governance structure, the cadre or boundary managers. The article also explores in a dynamic way the development of the capacity for the management of EU affairs in Ireland over time. Using the concepts of path dependency and critical junctures, we illuminate how key system-management decisions became locked-in over time and we isolate the triggers for significant adaptational change, be they domestic or external. Adaptation to EU business in Ireland was path-dependent and consisted of gradual incremental adjustment. This system of flexible adaptation generally served Ireland well as the EU’s policy regime expanded and evolved, but in response to the shock rejection of the Nice Treaty by the electorate in 2001, significant formalisation of the Irish system occurred with the establishment of new processes and rules for managing relations between the core executive and the EU.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Jane O'Mahony
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:55
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 23:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1411 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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