Comparing Public Administrations. An assessment of the quality and efficiency of public administration in Ireland compared with selected European and OECD countries

Boyle, Richard


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Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: CPMR- Committee for Public Management Research
Schriftenreihe: CPMR research report
Bandnummer: 7
ISBN: 978-1-904541-54-7
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2007
Publikationsdatum: 01.04.2009
Originalveröffentlichung: (2007)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Irland , Verwaltung , Effizienz , Internationaler Vergleich , Vergleichende Regierungslehre , Europäische Union , OECD
DDC-Sachgruppe: Öffentliche Verwaltung
BK - Basisklassifikation: 88.70 (Vergleichende Verwaltungslehre), 89.30 (Politische Systeme: Allgemeines)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.7 Verwaltungswissenschaften

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

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 paper looks at existing data from a number of international sources on the quality of public administration provision. In terms of tentative findings arising from the analysis, a number of general points emerge: - Ireland tends to come out of the analysis of the quality and efficiency of public administration relatively well, particularly when using the most recent data available. Ireland is in with a cluster of countries – Austria, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden in the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland of other OECD countries – that tend to consistently score well across the range of indicators examined here. - Ireland ranks particularly well against the indicators examining regulatory quality and efficiency. - Denmark and Finland tend to consistently be ranked particularly highly across the range of indicators examined. Of the newer EU member states, Estonia consistently scores well. However, significant limitations with regard to data reliability and validity hamper the drawing of meaningful conclusions from the analysis. The ‘state of the art’ of measuring public administration performance is not at a stage where clear judgements can be made. With these limitations in mind, the paper outlines some steps that can be taken to improve the international comparative database.

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