Department of Government

Book on Nordic Administrative Reforms

Per Lægreid and Lise H. Rykkja have co-authored the book Nordic Administrative Reforms - Lessons for Public Management. The book investigates administrative reforms in the nordic countries, and it is authored by scholars from all the nordic countries. Lægreid, Rykkja and Carsten Greve at Copenhagen Business School have edited the book, which is co-authored by Niels Ejersbo, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Petur B. Mathiasson, Turo Virtanen, Helena Wockelberg and Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg. It is published this fall.

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Lægreid and Rykkja have co-authored the book Nordic Aministrative Reforms - Lessons for Public Management. The data constituting the departing-point for the book was a survey conducted as part of the project Coordination of Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS), financed by the EU. It investigates why it is that some countries succeed with regards to administraive reforms, whereas others fail. 7077 top-tier bureaucrats participated in the survey, and they were asked to contribute their opinions as to which reform trends they considered to be of the highest importance, how they percieved the reform activity "from the top" and their opinions of other areas of interest. The authors find that the common values shared by the administrations in the Nordic countries, in conjunction with a shared perception of what ones role is in the administration, and a shared motivation for administrative reform is grounds for considering the administrations in the Nordic countries as constituting a "Nordic model" for administrative reform. A norh-south divide is identified, and the comparatively larger degree of autonomy enjoyed by the administrations of the Nordic countries, in conjunction with a lesser degree of political pressure, makes the Nordic countries more successful with regards to reforms, than in the Napolean countries of the south. The evaluations of reform in the Nordic countries is also generally more positive to the process of reform than in the south.