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.
“This timely volume brings alive the fast-changing world of Irish policy making through a varied range of authoritative, accessible and comprehensive contributions. Ground-breaking, it is bound to become an indispensable reference work.” Peadar Kirby, University of Limerick
John Hogan is Lecturer in International Political Economy and Irish Politics at the Technological University Dublin. He is a policy advisor to the Irish government on lobbying regulations and former chair of the comparative policy section of the MPSA.
Mary P. Murphy is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University. Previously, she served as Commissioner in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (2013-2017). She is currently a member of the Council of State.
Introduction: Contextualising policy analysis in Ireland ~ John Hogan and Mary P. Murphy
Part I: History, styles, and methods of policy analysis in Ireland
The evolution of economic policy analysis in Ireland ~ Clare O’Mahony
The evolution of social policy analysis in Ireland ~ Fiona Dukelow
The changing policy analysis capacity of the Irish State ~ Muris MacCarthaigh
Introducing evidence into policy making in Ireland ~ Frances Ruane
Part II: Policy analysis at various levels of government; from local to the EU
Ireland’s ‘unique blend’ – local government and policy analysis ~ Aodh Quinlivan
Committees and the legislature ~ Bernadette Connaughton
Policy analysis in the civil service ~ Richard Boyle and Joanna O’Riordan
Europeanized policy making in Ireland ~ Mary C. Murphy
Part III: Think tanks, interest groups, political parties and gender-based policy analysis
The social partners and the NESC: From tripartite dialogue via common knowledge events to network knowledge ~ Rory O’Donnell
Thinks tanks and their role in policy making in Ireland ~ Chris McInerney
Civil society organisations and policy analysis - Mary P. Murphy and Orla O’Connor
Political parties and the policy process ~ Maura Adshead and Diarmuid Scully
Gender expertise and policy analysis ~ Pauline Cullen
Part IV: The public, science and the media - the wider policy analysis environment in Ireland
Democratic innovations and policy analysis: Climate policy and Ireland’s citizens’ assembly (2016-2018) ~ Clodagh Harris
Irish science policy - a case-study in evidence-based policy design for small open economies ~
Eoin Cullina, Jason Harold and John McHale
Media discourses on the economy in Ireland: Framing the policy possibilities ~ Brendan K. O’Rourke