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Good Government in Northern Ireland

Good Government in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has a government again. This is cause for hope. New Decade, New Approach sets out an ambitious agenda for the Northern Ireland Executive. However, these commitments will not work without a change of culture at Stormont. A government that functions properly will be essential.

Past governments at Stormont lacked a common purpose, avoided difficult choices, and did not plan properly for the long–term. It will take a change in culture to turn this around.

This paper looks back at how past Executives have governed Northern Ireland, and considers what this means for the new Executive. It concludes that serious change is needed in how the Executive works if the commitments in New Decade, New Approach are to be delivered.

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