Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Author:   Derek Birrell ,  Bethan Hirst
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
ISBN:  

9780719077579


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 May 2009
Format:   Hardback
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Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland


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This is the first comprehensive study of direct rule as the system of governance which operated in Northern Ireland for most of the period between 1972 and 2007. The major institutions of governance are described and examined in detail, including the often neglected sectors of the role of the Westminster parliament, the civil service, local government, quangos, ombudsmen offices, cross-border structures and the public expenditure process. The book explains how the complex system covering transferred, reserved and excepted functions worked and provided viable governance despite political violence, constitutional conflict and political party disagreements. In addition, a comparison is drawn between direct rule and devolution, analysing both the positive and negative impact of direct rule, as well as identifying where there has been minimal divergence in processes and outcomes. It will prove an invaluable reference source on direct rule and provide a comparative basis for assessing devolution for students of public administration, government, politics, public policy and devolution. -- .

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Author:   Derek Birrell ,  Bethan Hirst
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.590kg
ISBN:  

9780719077579


ISBN 10:   0719077575
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 May 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The constitutional framework 3. The Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland ministers 4. Northern Ireland business in the Westminster Parliament 5. The civil service, a continuing institution 6. The use of Quangos 7. The role of local government 8. Finance and public expenditure 9. Cross-border cooperation and British-Irish institutions 10. Ombudsmen, commissioners and complaints 11. Policy making under direct rule 12. Conclusions Index -- .

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Derek Birrell is Professor of Social Administration in the School of Policy Studies at the University of Ulster -- .

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