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ITB Lecturer wins Research Funding

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22/09/2016 16:29:40


ITB lecturer, Dr. Francis McGeough has been awarded funding to conduct research on how local authorities in Scotland and Ireland have managed budget cutbacks over the last eight years. Over this time period, the management of austerity has dominated politics in many Western European countries.
Austerity management is defined as 'executive and managerial responses, aimed at restoring the fiscal balance, against a background of increasing demands for public services and political and public expectations of organizational performance'. The research to date on the management of austerity within the public sector is scant and this research aims at addressing this knowledge gap.



Therefore, the objective of this research is to examine the different approaches taken to managing austerity by local authorities in Scotland and Ireland and the key influences that determined these approaches. The research will look at the specific experience of Dublin City Council and Glasgow City Council.



This will be achieved through exploratory research with a key focus on :
1) Investigating the different strategies implemented by the LA's in an attempt to balance their budgets;
2) Reviewing the key influences on the choice of strategies identified and implemented by these LA's;
3) Determining the role of performance information (if any) in deciding how LA's were to balance their budgets.



The research grant was awarded by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and accountancy (CIPFA). CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to training accountants for the public sector, with 14,000 members working throughout the public services in the UK and Ireland.


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