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The Civil Service: a continuing institution

Derek Birrell

in Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077579
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701881 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719077579.003.0005
The Civil Service: a continuing institution

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This chapter examines the impact of direct rule on the civil service in Northern Ireland. Direct rule left much of the Civil Service unchanged. The major structural innovation that accompanied direct rule was the establishment of the Northern Ireland Office on 1 April 1972, as a new British government department led by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Office was directly responsible for security policy and the administration of the police, prisons and courts, and for all political and constitutional affairs. This chapter also describes the changes in the structure of Northern Ireland departments and executive agencies under direct rule and evaluates the policy role of civil servants.

Keywords: direct rule; civil service; Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Office; executive agencies; civil servants; policy role

Chapter.  12110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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