Sharing power and fragmenting public services: complex government in Northern Ireland

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Consociational theory
  • joined-up government
  • power-sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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