Agencification and marketization in Danish and Swedish state administration - patterns of adoption

Morten Balle Hansen, Birgitta Niklasson

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    Abstract

    We analyze similarities and differences in the adoption of marketization and agencification
    practices in state administration in the two Nordic countries: Denmark and Sweden. Based on
    a literature review and on contrasting notions of a global management reform movement
    enforcing more similarity (Meyer, Boli, Thomas, and Ramirez 1997) and the notion of local
    path dependencies and tradition enforcing difference (March 1994; Premfors 1998) we
    elaborate hypotheses concerning the adoption of agencification practices in the state agencies
    of the two countries. The empirical analysis is based on survey data generated 2008-2009 in
    the state administration of the two countries. The survey instrument was largely elaborated
    from the COBRA questions (Verhoest 2009).
    Our preliminary findings indicate that agencification has been widely adopted in both
    countries, while Danish state agencies tend to have adopted significantly more practices
    related to marketization than their Swedish equivalents. We discuss the possible
    interpretation of our findings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication dateJul 2012
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
    Event22nd World Congress of Political Science July 8th to 12th 2012 in Madrid - Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012
    Conference number: 22

    Conference

    Conference22nd World Congress of Political Science July 8th to 12th 2012 in Madrid
    Number22
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CityMadrid
    Period08/07/201212/07/2012

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