Department of Government

New paper from Per Lægreid and Lise H. Rykkja in Public Management Review

Per Lægreid og Lise Hellebø Rykkja has recently published the paper "Hybrid Collaborative Arrangements: The welfare administration in Norway – between hierarchy and network" in Public Management Review

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This paper uses a survey to analyse how administrative executives perceive coordination following the reform of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration. Applying a structural and cultural perspective, it examines the relationship between coordination mechanisms, cultural features and perceived coordination quality. The executives identify strongly with finding joint solutions and getting public organizations to work together. Coordination by hierarchy and networks co-exist, but the hierarchical dimension dominates. Vertical coordination is regarded as quite good, while horizontal coordination is seen as rather poor. The relationship between coordination mechanisms, cultural features and coordination quality are rather ambiguous and loose, however.

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