Reviews and Awards
"This important and original study edited by political scientist Niamh Hardiman, provides an outstanding analysis of the political, economics and governance crisis engulfing the Irish polity since 2008. In a set of carefully researched and intellectually engaged essays the volume's contributors offer both a distinct theoretical understanding of the Irish dimension of the European wide crisis and a major empirical account of how the crisis manifests in a range of policy areas including economic policy, health care delivery, regulation and the environment. Ireland stands as a major case study within the post 2008 systemic and fiscal transformation emerging across the EU polity. Irish Governance in Crisis is likely to stand as the most authoritative account of this development in Ireland for some time. All students and scholars of the fiscal crisis, and European and Irish politics will need to consult this Hardiman edited collection."
"The crisis in Ireland has become a key example of the failures of governance in many Western countries in the period following 2008. Much of that discussion has concentrated on economic issues but Niamh Hardiman's excellent book demonstrates just how extensive the governance crisis has been. The crisis may have begun with regulatory failures in the economy but it has now spread to many sectors of the public sector and has raised some fundamental questions about the State itself. This compilation not only raises questions about governance in Ireland, it also helps us to understand governance more generally."
"The rise and fall of the Irish political economy is one of the most intriguing and puzzling stories in the last several decades. While many focus on the wild ride that Irish and international capitalists took the economy, Niamh Hardiman and her colleagues instead focus on the state. What was it about the Irish state that enabled Ireland to swing so wildly and so quickly? Each substantive chapter examines a different policy area and thereby gives insight into the broader patterns of governance in this country. Eschewing the temptation to simply argue that Irish policy makers simply fooled themselves, or were fooled by others, Hardiman demonstrates that to understand Ireland's policy choices we have to understand its rather ironic combination of elite autonomy and clientelist politics. This fine book will be of interest to anyone interested in" -- the rise and fall of neo-liberal capitalism as well as those who wish to better understand this particularly interesting case.
" the volume provides the reader with a broad and deep understanding of the current state of policymaking in Ireland, and its historical development."
" this volume represents an important addition to our existing knowledge of Irish politics and policymaking, and serves to illustrate the valuable contribution of social-science research."
"The book includes very useful introduction and conclusion chapters by the editor and nine other chapters from highly respected authors in a diverse variety of disciplines and policy areas. This makes for a robust and meaningful publication and a significant contribution to the debate about the urgent need to reform Irish governance."
"This book offers a timely, insightful and important contribution by exploring a number of political issues thematically through a historical institutionalist approach that analyses how state power is exercised in Irish governance."