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Political-administrative relations: the role of political advisers

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dc.contributor.author Connaughton, Bernadette
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-31T13:44:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-31T13:44:57Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5933
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Ministerial advisers were first formally appointed as support for individual Irish ministers in 1973, and since then their numbers and tasks have considerably expanded. As ‘temporary civil servants’, they are regarded as both an accepted and criticised feature of executive government. This article focuses on the role of political staff during the period 2011–16 and centres on the period of the economic crisis and its immediate aftermath. It considers themes arising in the international literature that raise questions for the reform of the Irish ‘special adviser’. In order to unpack the specifics of the Irish case, the position and function of special advisers are explored through two theoretical perspectives – public adviser bargains and the core executive. It is argued that the special adviser continues to fit somewhat uneasily within the imperatives of the political-administrative system because they are personally appointed by ministers and their selection is determined by the level and type of support required by individual ministers, as opposed to any preordained skills set. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher De Gruyter OPEN en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Administration;65 (2), pp. 165-182
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1515/admin-2017-0020
dc.subject special adviser en_US
dc.subject minister en_US
dc.subject core executive en_US
dc.subject public service bargain en_US
dc.title Political-administrative relations: the role of political advisers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-07-31T13:40:20Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/admin-2017-0020
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2710815
dc.internal.rssid 2731110
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Administration
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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