Department of Administration and Organization Theory

New article by Per Lægreid and Tom Christensen in Public Organization Review

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Coordination Quality in Central Government –
the Case of Norway

This article focuses on perceived coordination quality among Norwegian civil servants.
It explains how they assess the quality of coordination in their own field of work along
different dimensions. To what degree have such perceptions changed over the past
10 years and what can explain the variations in perceived coordination quality from a
structural and a cultural perspective? The data base is a comprehensive survey in
ministries and central agencies. The civil servants perceive coordination as better within
their own policy area than across administrative levels and policy areas. The perceptions
are rather stable over time. The most important factors for understanding variations in
coordination quality are coordination capacity, mutual trust and administrative level.

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