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Organising and Governing Governmental Institutions

Essays in honour of Dag Ingvar Jacobsen

Rómulo Pinheiro (ed), Jarle Trondal (ed)


This volume examines three interconnected themes in political science: the nuts and bolts of government, the complex and evolving relationship between politics and administration, and continuity and change in government. Government ministries and agencies are vital components of the executive branch of government that play fundamental roles in the democratic governing of modern societies.

Contemporary public administration is conventionally portrayed as being based on a series of dichotomies: politics versus administration, coordination versus fragmentation, integration versus disintegration, trust versus distrust, etc. As an alternative, this volume, which is composed of a series of case studies from the Nordics and beyond, conceptualises and empirically demonstrates how government bodies at different levels of governance are driven by pragmatism characterised by the co-existence of multiple decision-making premises. To account for the composite aspect of government, this volume illustrates how institutional and organisational factors can structure elements in the policymaking process and how these elements are powerful tools available to purposeful design.

Conditions, challenges and avenues

Hanne Foss Hansen

Theory and evidence from the development of Norwegian scenic routes

Zuzana Murdoch

The county governor as a multilevel actor, shaping the Norwegian Local Government Reform

Anne Lise Fimreite, Yngve Flo

Lessons from the German case

Alexander Berzel, Tanja Klenk

EU macro-regional governance architectures and the inclusion of partner countries

Stefan Gänzle

Inhabitants of the zone between politics and administration

Kristoffer Kolltveit

Exploring the purple zone of political and administrative leadership in Danish and Norwegian local government

Christian Lo, Asbjørn Røiseland

A panel data analysis of the local political situation and share of private kindergartens in Norwegian municipalities

Nils Arne Lindaas, Pål E. Martinussen

A longitudinal study over 40 years of Norwegian central government

Per Lægreid

Institutional design in Finnish public administration

Sanna Tuurnas, Tuula Jäppinen, Elias Pekkola

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