Public Policy Making 28-09-2011 Lesson 2
The Celtic TigerThemes
Risk and Uncertainty
Development ModelsWhy was Ireland so vulnerable to recession?Read Governance and Institutions
Sense:The exercise of government in a complex society.Complex society
specialisation of structures, many and competing interests, individuals are definedin a range of terms
Sense:Challenges to democracy
weaknesses and current concerns
citizens tendto be passive. Democracies are not necessarily about equality. There are elites. Democracy is a wayof providing government. People have become concerned about the performance of the state andthe democratic deficit. Accountability has become an issue. How are decisions accountable?
Committees? Ombudsman’s office? Ireland has a vast number of state bodies, some elected and
Sense:Governance as network. Decision making within an administration is about the way different groupsnetwork with each other. How committees relate, leadership issues, game theory. Examining howdecisions are made, who has power.