Helping to govern Ireland better

Hard pressed policy makers in Dublin who are under fire for the state of governance exposed by the financial crisis ought to take a look at this multinational project  to create a new model of governance hosted here by the Institute of Government in London. This is no post-imperial exercise but a rigorous set of comparative analyses which touch many of the points where government affects peoples lives. Examples..

Government better at handling complex issues closer to citizens benefiting from the radical improvements available in information technology

The Swindon Family Life project that for families in crisis, our current way developing policy and funding action militates against problem-solving, producing costly and ineffective services

the radical changes which more transparency can make to the interaction between citizen and government.

the kind of leaders we will need in this new world.

These are the issues on which government wil be measured more and more. What’s missing in this treatment is a frank appraisal of how policy reform interacts with the messy business of politics. But each country can adapt the model for itself.


  • Brian, there seems to be a formatting problem in your presentation.

  • Brian Walker

    Nevin, I don’t see the problem The link and the text work for me

  • drumlins rock

    The Irish Bailout – how it works

    It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit.

    On this particular day a rich tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

    The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

    The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
    The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
    The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.
    The publican slips the money along to one of his suppliers drinking at the bar, who has had to offer him services on credit.
    The supplier then rushes to the hotel and pays off his room bill to the hotel owner with the same €100 note.
    The hotel proprietor then places the note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

    At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money and leaves town.
    No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.
    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a bailout package works.