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Reports

  • The Corporate Governance of Commericial State-owned Enterprises in Ireland
    Irish state-owned companies have traditionally formed a central part of the economy, employing large numbers of people and providing a bridge between the public and private sectors. However, they remain comparatively understudied. Using data from a survey of these organisations conducted during 2007-8, this report provides an original analysis of the corporate governance arrangements for commercial state-owned enterprises in Ireland across a range of themes – including finance, policy, HR, governance and accountability. The study also presents an analysis of the development of Irish state-owned enterprises since independence and draws attention to contemporary international trends concerning management and ownership of state-owned enterprises.
  • A QCS Mark in the Public Service
    Drawing upon previous research, this current study focuses on the critically important issues of accreditation and recognition. In particular, by critically evaluating current arrangements, and drawing upon best practice here and elsewhere, this study provides objective and practical suggestions as to how best to introduce a QCS Mark in the Irish public service.
  • Changing Local Government
    This study provides an overview of progress on the implementation of the local government modernisation programme as set out in Better Local Government - A Programme for Change (1996). The study focuses on the thirty-four county and city authorities in the Republic of Ireland. Three key questions are addressed: what was intended to be achieved by the modernisation programme; what is happening in practice; and what are the key issues emerging?
  • Comparing Public Administrations
    In recent years, there have been a number of attempts to compare the efficiency and performance of the public sector across countries. International ranking has become a popular activity. This report looks at existing data, from a number of international sources, on the quality of public administration provision. However, significant limitations still remain, regarding data reliability and validity and hamper the drawing of meaningful conclusions. With these limitations in mind, this report outlines some steps that can be taken to improve the international comparative database.
  • Flexible Working in the Public Service
    This report analyses the development of innovative and flexible working arrangements in the Irish public service, within a wider international context. It critically evaluates experience to date in the usage of such arrangements and plots ways forward to assist their further development. The need for such an analysis is particularly pertinent in the context of the recent and considerable changes taking place in the Irish labour market, in which the public service is increasingly competing with the private sector to position itself better as an 'employer of choice'.
  • Partnership at the Organisation Level in the Public Service
    This report explores the role of partnership at the organisation level in promoting organisational change. The study is based on case study research, interviews and the international literature on the topic.
  • The Corporate Governance of Agencies in Ireland (Non-commercial National Agencies)
    Internationally 'agencies' have gained increasing importance as organisations which cary out public governance functions. This has led to the consideration of the extent to which agency numbers have grown in Ireland. What is their importance? And how are they governed? This report provides a comprehensive description of agencies in Ireland. It outlines their current numbers, and looks at their role, function, corporate governance and accountability relationships. Key issues for the future governance of Irish agencies are also identified.
  • The Corporate Governance of Regional and Local Public Service Bodies in Ireland
    As well as elected local authorities, there are almost 250 public service bodies operating at sub-national level in Ireland. Using data from a survey conducted during 2006, this study provides an original analysis of the governance arrangements for non-commercial local and regional organisation s across a range of themes - including finance, policy, HR and accountability. The report also identifies the multiple formal and informal relationships between these bodies, as well as with their parent organisations and central government.
  • The Role of the Strategy Statements
    This report aims to review progress to date with the formulation and implementation of strategy statements. In particular, an assessment is made of the first two sets of strategy statements, published in 1996 and 1998. Lessons are drawn from this experience to guide future practice.
  • Towards Better Measurement of Government: A Review of OECD Experience
    A review of the OECD's Working Paper 1 (Towards Better Measurement of Government): moving towards the publication of Government at a Glance.