Mayoral Governance in Dublin
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Mayoral Governance in Dublin : Challenges for Citizens, Politics and Policy

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Executive mayors are a typical feature of many local government systems, but Ireland has a different model. Set up in the 1920s to address problems of the day, it has arguably outlived its usefulness. However, recent attempts to introduce a directly elected mayor have failed. Mayoral Governance in Dublin offers a succinct review and analysis of the approach to date of Irish policy in this area, the relevant experience of other local governance systems, and the challenges facing reform initiatives. The contributors, a diverse mix of academics, public officials, politicians and citizens, highlight many of the key issues, including the appropriate extent of mayoral powers and policy competences, the very significant areas of cross-party agreement, and the potential benefits for Dublin, and other cities and counties, of adopting a model of mayoral governance.

This book is of paramount importance in shaping ideas on the future of Dublin's governance. The discussion reminds us that today's Dublin is undergoing a transformation in outlook and ambition from national capital to global city region. Written in a clear, accessible and informed style, Mayoral Governance in Dublin will enrich public and political debate on transforming local government and accommodating a new form of urban governance. The book is essential for politicians and policy professionals, and for anyone interested in seeing Dublin city and hinterland develop as an exciting, prosperous and creative place in which to live and work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
  • English
  • 1908689358
  • 9781908689351

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This book is of paramount importance in shaping ideas on the future of Dublin's governance. The discussion reminds us that today's Dublin is undergoing a transformation in outlook and ambition from national capital to global city region. Written in a clear, accessible and informed style, Mayoral Governance in Dublin will enrich public and political debate on transforming local government and accommodating a new form of urban governance. The book is essential for politicians and policy professionals, and for anyone interested in seeing Dublin city and hinterland develop as an exciting, prosperous and creative place in which to live and work.
Prof. Yvonne Galligan
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics,
Queen's University Belfast

Who speaks for Dublin? This question runs through this new book edited by Ó Broin and O'Malley which places recent debates on the governance of Dublin within a detailed historic and broader comparative context. While focused on mayoral governance, the book raises critical issues around the structure of central-local government relationships, the influence of political parties on the mayoral debate, and the variety of options open to those urging reform.
Niamh Moore-Cherry,
Associate Professor, School of Geography, University College Dublin

Amidst the international hype of mayors as popular fixes for the wicked issues of metropolitan governance, Deiric Ó Broin and Eoin O'Malley have put together a measured collection from academics and practitioners focused on Dublin. Inter-disciplinary and cross-national in its scope, it provides a geographically, historically and institutionally literate contribution to the debate.
Andy Pike,
Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development Studies, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University
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