The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Managment in Europe

Tom Christensen and Tobias Bach have contributed with chapters in The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe, edited by  Edoardo Ongaro and Sandra Van Thiel.


An Organization Approach to Public Administration by Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

This chapter addresses the need to combine organization theory with public administration research based in political science, starting from the concept of bounded rationality. This implies a theoretically informed approach to empirical studies of democratic governance and decision-making in formal public administration organizations. A transformative approach is applied combining environmental factors, cultural-institutional features and structural-instrumental factors. We argue that the Scandinavian take on the study of public administration as a mixture of political science and organization theory with a substantial empirical orientation is a fruitful one. To understand how composite and hybrid organizations based on mixed political orders and partly competing organizational principles, we have to apply middle-range organizational and institutional theories that take account of context and historical-cultural constraints of public administration

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The Transformative Effects of Transnational Administrative Coordination in the European Multi-level System by Tobias Bach and Eva Ruffing

The chapter starts by identifying the drivers of entanglement between European (supranational) and national administrations. A lack of administrative capacities and implementation competences on the Commission’s side, and member states’ interests in implementation as well as the disaggregation of the nation-state foster the development of tight administrative networks. This development has implications for the national level, the European level and the interplay between the two. National administrations obtain a stronger role in European policy-making and adapt to some extent their organizational structure. European administrative structures are influenced by the bureaucratic interests of national administrative actors. An integrated perspective suggests that top-down and bottom-up processes drive each other: Europeanization strengthens national administrations, which in turn become more influential players on the European scene.

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