Organising and Governing Governmental Institutions

Jarle Trondal has published a new book together with Rómulo Pinheiro. 

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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. 


1. Public organisations and the study of contemporary politics

Jarle Trondal and Rómulo Pinheiro

2. Organizational design and the quest for practical relevance

Morten Egeberg

3. Public sector leadership: Conditions, challenges and avenues

Hanne Foss Hansen

4. Public service motivation among Danish and Norwegian local government administrative managers

Dag Olaf Torjesen, Tor Ivar Karlsen, Charlotte Kiland and Morten Balle Hansen

5. Leadership of organisations: Theory and evidence from the development of Norwegian scenic routes

Charlotte Kiland and Zuzana Murdoch

6. Prosocial motivation and local political leadership

Lene Holm Pedersen, Lotte Bøgh Andersen and Nanna Thomsen

7. Ambiguity with a purpose. The county governor as a multilevel actor, shaping the Norwegian Local Government Reform

Anne Lise Fimreite and Yngve Flo

8. Metagovernance in the social investment state: Lessons from the German case

Alexander Berzel and Tanja Klenk

9. External differentiated integration: EU macro-regional governance architectures and the inclusion of partner countries

Stefan Gänzle

10. Questioning the administrative impact on democratic innovations

Signy Irene Vabo

11. Communication advisers in public bureaucracies: Inhabitants of the zone between politics and administration

Kristoffer Kolltveit

12. The difference that makes a difference? Exploring the purple zone of political and administrative leadership in Danish and Norwegian local government

Christian Lo and Asbjørn Røiseland

13. Local government access to central-level decisions: The case of Norway

Jacob Aars

14. The politics of privatisation: A panel data analysis of the local political situation and share of private kindergartens in Norwegian municipalities

Nils Arne Lindaas and Pål E. Martinussen

15. Contained regionalism: Towards a Nordic model

Jon P. Knudsen

16. Partnerships for change in local governments

Carsten Greve

17. Strategies for change in municipal structural reforms

Åge Johnsen

18. Representative and responsible bureaucracy: A longitudinal study over 40 years of Norwegian central government

Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

19. Searching for patterns of innovative public service delivery: Institutional design in Finnish public

Sanna Tuurnas, Tuula Jäppinen, and Elias Pekkola

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Rómulo Pinheiro & Jarle Trondal (eds)
Organising and Governing Governmental Institutions

Fagbokforlaget, 2021
ISBN: 9788245035322

Published Oct. 20, 2021 5:45 PM - Last modified Oct. 20, 2021 5:45 PM