There are obvious complexities in the governance of Northern Ireland. Long-awaited political stability, power-sharing and settled devolution come with a highly-fragmented structure of public services. In addition, because of its pre-occupation with constitutional and security matters, Northern Ireland is playing catch-up in public sector reform. There are greater expectations that local politicians can tackle endemic issues of poverty and social deprivation than their British ‘direct rule’ predecessors. This paper looks at a new initiative, which aims to address the complexities of power-sharing and its attendant fragmented governance arrangements.
- Consociational theory
- joined-up government
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)