Institutt for administrasjon og organisasjonsvitenskap

Competing principles of agency organization – the reorganization of a reform

New article from Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid.


This article analyses the changing principles of structural organization of the governmental agencies in the welfare administration in Norway. Through the use of
instrumentally oriented organization theory and empirical data based in public documents and interviews, we analyse how welfare administration changes through the implementation process when organizational principles are rebalanced based on changing actor patterns, negotiations and path dependencies. The study illustrates that contradictions and complexities in organizational design are enduring features of public sector organizations.

Full article HERE.