Municipally-Owned Corporations in Denmark: Historical Continuity and Contemporary Complexities in a Local State-Centred Reform Trajectory

Andrej Christian Lindholst*


Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review


This chapter provides an overview and interpretation of the historical and contemporary use of corporate and corporate-like organizational forms in Denmark. The available, but limited, data indicate that the general importance of a gradually more diverse mix of available corporate organizational forms has increased over the years. Continuity and complexity characterize the local state-centred reform trajectories through which the relatively large and autonomous Danish municipalities retain responsibilities and ownership for public services. These trajectories are interpreted as an expression of a modified Neo-Weberian State model that relies on direct as well as indirect bureaucratic and organizational controls. Current governance challenges and debates focus on issues related to strategic management, professionalization, gender composition and diversity, and performance measures.
TitelCorporatization in Local Government: Differences and Shared Experiences
RedaktørerRhys Andrews, Marieke van Genugten, Ulf Papenfuβ, Harald Torsteinsen, Bart Voorn
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2022


  • Corporatization
  • Agencies
  • Local government
  • Denmark
  • Municipally-owned companies
  • Public sector reform