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OECD Public Management Reviews: Ireland 2008
Towards an Integrated Public Service
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  07 May 2008
Pages: 376 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264043268 , OECD Code: 422008071E1
Price:   €42 | $58 | £37 | ¥5400 | MXN750
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Ireland's economic success story is one that many OECD countries would like to emulate. Of the many factors linked to this success, understanding the public sector’s role is key. Integration matters. The key public service reform challenge for Ireland going forward is for the different parts of the Irish Public Service to work cohesively together, with a more integrated approach at the national and local levels.

This book provides an overview of the Irish Public Service, its fiscal and demographic context, and looks at capacity and motivation issues, improving service delivery, and strengthening governance. It also provides four case studies and a series of recommendations.

This report is the first in a series of OECD country reviews that will look at public management reform and governance issues from a comprehensive perspective. These reviews will help countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives. They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.


Table of contents:

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Main Assessment and Recommendations
Chapter 2. Fiscal and Demographic Developments
Chapter 3. The Irish Public Service
Chapter 4. Ensuring Capacity
Chapter 5. Motivating Performance
Chapter 6. Moving Toward a Citizen-Centred Approach
Chapter 7. Strengthening Governance
Case Study 1. Reconfiguration of Hospital Services in the Health Sector
Case Study 2. Managing Agencies
Case Study 3. Local Waste Management in the Local Government Sector
Case Study 4. School Planning in the Education Sector
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