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||Editor's introduction: Public policy and the changing architecture of Irish politics -- 1. From stabilisation to economic growth: the contribution of macroeconomic policy / T.A. Boylan -- 2. Negotiated governance and the Irish polity / G. Taylor -- 3. The welfare state in Ireland: challenges and opportunities / E. O'Shea and B. Kennelly -- 4. Environmental policy in Ireland / G. Taylor and Cathi Murphy -- 5. Silence and the golden years: older people and public policy in Ireland / R. Edmondson -- Community empowerment via partnership? The 'local community' in rural Ireland's area based development regime / T. Varley and C. Curtin -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.