Participant Info

First Name
Niamh
Last Name
Hardiman
Country
Ireland
University
University College Dublin
Keywords
Eurozone crisis, political economy of growth, fiscal politics, state structure and organization, budgetary policy, austerity and its consequences
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Personal Info

About Me
My research work centres on the politics underlying public policy outcomes, adopting a political economy approach. I am interested in the way actors engage with each other within institutional incentives and constraints, where they are motivated by different ideas and preferences, and where there are different resources of power and influence available to them.
I am particularly interested in the changing and contested boundaries between states and markets; the politics of how economic policy priorities are formed and implemented; and the implications for the politics of growth, distributive conflict, and legitimacy.My work has two broad strands:
1. Political economy
I work on the ways in which choices about economic policy have been shaped, from a political economy perspective.
– My current project is on the political economy of the European periphery, analysing the interactions between processes of European integration and the domestic politics of change in the European periphery (Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Greece).
– I also work on the politics of how state activities are funded, the implications of tax system design are for what states are able to do, and the manner in which states manage fiscal retrenchment and ‘austerity’. I convened an ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop in Warsaw in spring 2015 on The New Politics of Taxation, jointly with Seven Steinmo (EUI).2. State institutions and public policy

I work on the institutional framework of the state, and the challenges involved in building state capacity, focusing on the Irish case in particular, both before and since the economic crisis that began in 2008. This work involves analysing:
– the implications of institutional design for policy making and implementation
– the consequences of the linkages between the state and organized interests for good governance.

Recent Publications
Journal articles:

Niamh Hardiman and Muiris MacCarthaigh (2016) ‘State retrenchment and administrative reform in Ireland: probing comparative policy paradigms’. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice

Brazys, S; Hardiman, N. (2015) ‘From Tiger to PIIGS: Ireland and the use of heuristics in comparative political economy’. European Journal of Political Research, 53 (1):23-42.
Niamh Hardiman (with Sebastian Dellepiane) (2015) ‘Fiscal politics in time: Pathways to fiscal consolidation in Ireland, Greece, Britain, and Spain, 1980-2012’. European Political Science Review, 7 (2):189-219.
Hardiman, N,Scott, C (2012) ‘Ordering Things: The Irish State Administration Database’. Irish Political Studies, 27 :1-22.

Working papers:

Dellepiane-Avellaneda, Sebastian; Hardiman, Niamh; (2015) Paying for the Welfare State in the European Periphery. University College Dublin. Geary Institute: Working Paper
Hardiman, Niamh; Blavoukos, Spyros; Dellepiane-Avellaneda, Sebastian; Pagoulatos, George (2016) Austerity in the European periphery: the Irish experience. University College Dublin. Geary Institute: Working Paper
Niamh Hardiman and Sebastian Dellepiane (2015) Paying for the welfare state in the European periphery. Dublin, Geary Institute: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Sam Brazys and Niamh Hardiman (2013) From Tiger to PIIGS: Ireland and the use of heuristics in comparative political economy. Dublin, Geary Institute: Working Paper
Sebastian Dellepiane, Niamh Hardiman, and Jon Las Heras (2013) Building on easy money: the political economy of housing bubbles in Ireland and Spain. Dublin, Geary Institute: Working Paper

Book chapters

Niamh Hardiman and Sebastian Dellepiane (2015) ‘The politics of fiscal effort in Ireland and Spain: market credibility versus political legitimacy’ In: Niamh Hardiman and Sebastian Dellepiane (eds). Greece Beyond the Crisis: The Politics of Extreme Austerity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.198-221

Niamh Hardiman (2014) ‘Repeating History: Fiscal Squeeze in Two Recessions in Ireland’ In: Christopher Hood, David Heald, Rozana Himaz (eds). When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Niamh Hardiman (2013) ‘The Irish Experience’ In: Niamh Hardiman (eds). Rise Now and Be A Nation Again? Arguments on Independence and Self-Government. Edinburgh: Birlinn Books.
Sebastian Dellepiane and Niamh Hardiman; (2012) ‘Governing the Irish Economy: A Triple Crisis’ In: Niamh Hardiman (eds). Irish Governance in Crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Claire Finn and Niamh Hardiman; (2012) ‘Creating Two Levels of Healthcare’ In: Niamh Hardiman (eds). Irish Governance in Crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Niamh Hardiman; (2012) ‘Introduction: Profiling Irish Governance’ In: Niamh Hardiman (eds). Irish Governance in Crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Niamh Hardiman; (2012) ‘Conclusion: Changing Irish Governance’ In: Niamh Hardiman (eds). Irish Governance in Crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Blanaid Clarke and Niamh Hardiman; (2012) ‘Crisis in the Irish Banking System’ In: Sue Konzelmann (eds). Banking Systems in the Crisis: The Faces of Liberal Capitalism. Abingdon: Routledge.
Media Coverage

Mapping the state: Ireland as you’ve never seen it. Irish Times, 21.11.2015

Recent filmed talks include the following:
Policy evaluation and good government, Dublin, June 2015
Can’t pay, won’t pay? Tax compliance and tax administration, Dublin, September 2014
Convention on the Constitution: The electoral system and the Irish policy process, Dublin, May 2013
Leaving the crisis: competing proposals, Athens, May 2013
Tough budgets in hard times, Dublin, November 2012
Tiger in a cage: Ireland and the new European economy, US videoconference, October 2012

Country Focus
Ireland, EU, European periphery

Research Areas

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