Understanding policy change: financial and fiscal bureaucracy in the Baltic Sea Region (completed)
About the project
Financial and fiscal bureaucracy has grown, at least over the last two or three decades, to be in many countries the focal points of economic governance. These institutions are in charge of government spending and revenue gathering, they regulate and supervise financial sector, deal with foreign direct investors, to name but a few key functions.
At the same time, the financial and fiscal bureaucracy has experienced globally, and specifically also in Nordic and Baltic region, fundamental changes during past decades. In theory, these changes should also feedback into policy and implementation processes.
Project aims to achieve a number of objectives. From theoretical perspective it aims to juxtapose and synthesize the insights of cultural political economy, discursive institutionalism and varieties of capitalism, go beyond these frameworks and offer a more holistic theoretical and analytical framework; to complement theoretical discussions of these streams of literature with the administrative dimension; and to outline an analytical framework for understanding the evolution and impact of fiscal and financial bureaucracy.
From empirical perspective, the studies of Baltic countries (Estonia and Latvia; as well as Norway and Sweden) would be based on theoretical insights of the three streams of literature and would attempt to explain the factors, which contributed to the emergence of prevailing economic policy discourses in the Baltic countries, and how the fiscal and financial bureaucracy evolved.
January 2014 - March 2016