The robustness of national agency governance in integrated administrative systems

Jarle Trondal, Gjermund Haslerud, Nadja S. Kühn have published an article examining government agencies facing turbulent choice architectures.

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This article examines government agencies facing choice architectures that are multiple, overlapping, ambiguous, and sometimes incompatible—in short: turbulent. It makes two contributions: First, two conceptual images of agency governance are outlined that derive distinct predictions on how agencies are likely to maneuver when embedded in integrated multilevel administrative orders. Secondly, benefitting from a large‐N dataset on agency officials (N = 1,963) from 47 government agencies, the study suggests that government agencies are primarily biased towards a pragmatist compound dynamic. Additionally, the analysis probes the robustness of these conceptual images by entering moderator variables into the analysis. Multiplicative interaction model analysis suggests that the compound dynamic of agency governance is robust because no moderator variables fundamentally transform relationships from one governance type to another.

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Jarle Trondal, Gjermund Haslerud, Nadja S. Kühn The robustness of national agency governance in integrated administrative systems. Evidence from a large-scale study 

In: Public Administration Review (2020) 
DOI: 10.1111/puar.13309 

Published Nov. 2, 2020 10:29 AM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2022 8:24 AM