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Does the wickedness of policy areas matter?

Tom Christensen, Ole Martin Lægreid & Per Lægreid examines administrative coordination capacity in new article published in “Policy and Society”.

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Based on a survey of civil servants in the Norwegian central government, Christensen, Lægreid and Lægreid describes perceptions of coordination capacity and examines to what degree the variations in perceived coordinating capacity can be explained by structural and cultural features. In particular, the authors focus on the significance of wicked policy areas. Overall the coordination capacity is weaker in wicked policy areas than in other policy areas. Controlling for other features the coordination capacity is primarily related to cultural factors, such as mutual trust, level of conflict, and identification with the central government. Some structural features, such as administrative level, also have an effect.

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