Agencification and Location: Does Agency Site Matter?

Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal have published the article 'Agencification and Location: Does Agency Site Matter?' in Public Organization Review 11(2).


Two decades of New Public Management have placed agencifiction high on the agenda of administrative policy-makers. However, agencification (and de-agencification) has been one of the enduring themes of public administration.

Agencies organized at arm’s length from ministerial departments have fairly often been located outside of the capital or political centre. Although practitioners tend to assign some weight to central versus peripheral location as regards political-administrative behavior, this relationship has been almost totally ignored by scholars in the field.

In this paper, based on a large-N elite survey, we show that agency autonomy, agency influence and inter-institutional coordination seem to be relatively unaffected by agency site. This study also specifies some conditions under which this finding is valid.

Published May 6, 2011 10:34 AM - Last modified May 6, 2011 10:37 AM