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Introduction

Martin Maguire

in The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912–38

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077401
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719077401.003.0001
Introduction

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This book explores the role and fate of the civil service in the process of State-building. It also questions whether the new government did simply retain the same civil service, given that every other institution of the British State in Ireland was abolished: parliament, executive, judiciary, police and the military. The civil service was bound to the State as a discipline of policy advice and policy execution. The State is usually treated as the empty stage on which the struggle for power is enacted. In order to facilitate Home Rule, the British government proposed to empower the Irish government to dismiss the entire civil service in Ireland and appoint a new one. Home Rule represented a profound breach of the good faith that had bound the civil service to the British State. The book then presents a fresh perspective on the civil service, the State and the Irish revolution.

Keywords: civil service; State-building; British State; Ireland; policy advice; policy execution; Home Rule; British government; Irish government; Irish revolution

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