Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal have published a new article in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, taking an organizational approach to public governance.
Jarle Trondal and Nadja Kühn are published in World Political Science with an English translation of their award winning article on the governance of European affairs in Norway.
ARENA's Jarle Trondal has been awarded 'Best article of 2018' by the 'Norwegian Journal of Political Science' for his article about Norwegian civil servants' work on EU and EEA affairs.
Johan P. Olsen’s ‘The Reforming Organization’ has been published in a new edition by Routledge. The book is increasingly relevant, following a revived interest in formal reform and their impact on practical organizational outcomes.
This paper takes a look as so far undocumented relationships between EU agencies and the Commission. Drawing on new data sources the paper shows how EU agencies might have become parts of Commission departments' portfolios, indicating centralization of EU executive power.
Morten Egeberg, Jarle Trondal and Nina M. Vestlund
In this paper Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal argue that EU agencies which might be able to act relatively independently of national governments and the Council, would contribute to executive centre formation at the European level, and thus to further transformation of the current political-administrative order.
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal
This paper is a reproduction of the author's John Gaus lecture given in August 2003. Maintaining that a theory of administration must also be a theory of politics, it discusses the democratic tasks of public administration in serving the people rather than a ruling class.
Johan P. Olsen
In this essay Johan P. Olsen questions the analytical value of ‘autonomy’ as detachment-from-politics and the apolitical dynamics of change assumed by NPM reformers; that is, reforms understood and justified solely in terms of their contribution to functional efficiency and economy and a good and sustainable government. He aims aims to make sense of the processes through which institutions, democratic government included, achieve and lose autonomy or primacy and why it is difficult to find a state of equilibrium between democratic government and institutional autonomy.
Johan P. Olsen
In this paper the authors examine empirically the degree of involvement of scientists in EU decision making. In addition they examine a set of conditions that affects the likelihood for scientists to be involved in EU decision making.
Åse Gornitzka and Ulf Sverdrup
In this paper the author asks how the EU is utilizing national bureaucracies and finds evidence of Europeanization of maritime inspections, adding to the body of evidence suggesting a new international, multilevel administrative order with stronger traits of direct implementation is emerging.
In this paper Johan P. Olsen asks how we can make sense of New Public Management (NPM) inspired autonomy reforms. He looks at the last three decades and how many public sector reforms have aimed at giving administrative agencies and non-majoritarian institutions more autonomy from majority-based institutions and common sets of rules.
Johan P. Olsen
In this paper Egeberg and Heskestad 'unpack' the demographic composition in terms of nationality of the three latest commissions’ cabinets. Based on studies of comparable phenomena, they find reason to believe that decomposition of a particular demographical cluster within an organisational unit reduces the impact of such demographical factors on officials’ decision behaviour.
Morten Egeberg and Andreas Heskestad
What is the relevance of bureaucratic organization to the studies of democratic governance today? With Max Weber as point of departure, this paper discusses the fruitfulness of bureaucracy to political analysis. With regards to empirics, furthermore, the paper argues that bureaucracy as method of governance is far more viable than the market and network paradigms suggest.
Johan P. Olsen
This article looks more closely at administrative decentralization by the creation of quasi-autonomous agencies. Strategically located, agencies are typically perceived as constituents of an evolving EU networked-administrative system; whether this argument holds truth is evaluated against a case study of EU competition policy.
Strengthening of European integration has also had administrative implications, such as the development of a networked-administrative system where national agencies serve simultaneously the Commission and national authorities. The paper discusses the development of such a structure of cross-cutting cleavages and loyalties, focusing on the case of the Danish IT and Telecom Agency.
Gitte Hyttel Nørgård