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The Politics of Local Government Reform in Northern Ireland

Knox, Colin (2009) The Politics of Local Government Reform in Northern Ireland. Local Government Studies, 35 (4). pp. 435-455. [Journal article]

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A major review of public administration in Northern Ireland has resultedin proposals for radical reforms in health, education and local government services.Although originating from the devolved government of 1999, intermittent suspensionsresulted in Direct Rule Ministers taking over responsibility for the review. This articletraces the influence of a sizeable body of research evidence on the outcomes of thereview, specifically controversial reforms to local government, and the significantinfluence attached to macro political factors in reaching key public policy decisions. Italso highlights the asymmetry in power relations between Stormont and localgovernment and how devolution has simply compounded regional centralism inNorthern Ireland.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Review of Public Administration, Northern Ireland, local government, evidence based policy making, central–local relations
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:5714
Deposited By: Professor Colin Knox
Deposited On:31 Dec 2009 13:29
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 15:39

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