Futures studies and public advisory work in Ireland

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Purpose ? This paper is intended to provide a detailed account of foresight activities in Ireland, their methods, means, topics of research, and impact on public debate, together with links to the main web sites. Design/methodology/approach ? This paper surveys the institutions and agencies that contribute to futures studies in connection with public policies in Ireland. Findings ? The Irish system of raising and producing futures studies resources is thus characterized by a proliferation of authorities with the disadvantage of resources splitting up, but with the advantage of diversity. Originality/value ? Provides an insight into the state of futures research in Ireland.

Keywords: Decision making; Ireland; Strategic planning

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636680610682049

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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