Category: Democratic accountability


The Division of Power Requires Stronger Accountability Institutions

Nat O'Connor 20/01/2010

Nat O'Connor: Many current news stories are about accountability, either seeking it or the lack of it. In some cases, there is a clear public …

Authoritarian Capitalism

Nat O'Connor 23/11/2009

Nat O'Connor: A Wall Street Journal article raises the question of whether authoritarian capitalism is a robust alternative to liberal democratic …

Publishing tax returns, Norwegian style

An tSaoi 24/10/2009

An Saoi: Thanks to this article on the BBC’s website, I have wasted hours of my own and my employer’s time looking at the tax returns of the rich …

The next 100 days: thinking about risk, trust and ethics

Slí Eile 18/09/2009

Slí Eile: “the citizens of this country are understandably angry about the state of the banks. They are bitterly disappointed by the failure of …

Will some local authorities go bankrupt in 2010?

Nat O'Connor 08/09/2009

Nat O'Connor: It has been suggested today that property tax will not be introduced any time soon: “Ministers believe that the introduction of a …

NAMA is still not very transparent

Nat O'Connor 02/09/2009

Nat O'Connor: Brian Lenihan on NAMA: “...there has been very little criticism on the vast bulk of the legislation. In areas such as transparency …

Ostriches, Democracy and Dr. Fitzgerald

Michael Taft 31/08/2009

Michael Taft: Dr. Garret Fitzgerald is not impressed with the notion that if the majority of legislators believe that Government proposals are wrong …

Creating a Truly Democratic Culture

Colm O'Doherty 25/08/2009

Colm O'Doherty: Michael D. Higgins article in the Irish Times on Saturday sought to engage with the real issue facing Irish people – “what sort …

Placing citizenship centre-stage: Michael D's take on the debate and what's missing

22/08/2009

Michael D. Higgins' opinion piece in today's Irish Times is well worth a read, especially in view of recent debates here on social welfare, rent …

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