Disputas: Jostein Askim

Cand. polit. Jostein Askim ved Insitutt for statsvitenskap vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden dr.polit. (doctor rerum politicarum): Local Government by Numbers. Who Makes Use of Performance Information, When, and for What Purposes?


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  • Professor Henry Bäck, Göteborgs Universitet (Forvaltningshögskolan)
  • lektor, dr. polit. og instituttbestyrer Niels Ejersbo, Syddansk Universitet (Institut for statskundskab, Odense)
  • professor Tore Hansen Institutt, for statsvitenskap.

Veileder:  Professor Harald Baldersheim, Institutt for statsvitenskap, Universitetet i Oslo


Local Government by Numbers: Who Makes Use of Performance Information, When, and for What Purposes?

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of PhD

by Jostein Askim


Performance management has become a defining feature of public administration. Because it has expanded into new territories, like new sectors of service and new countries, it has remained controversial even until today. Performance management routines ensure that managers and elected politicians receive large amounts of presumably decision-relevant performance information, but its mere presence does not necessarily lead to its effective use in decision making. As its title indicates, this thesis contributes to an emerging stream of research that attempts to improve knowledge about who makes use of performance information, when, and for what purposes. The thesis asks, first: To what extent is performance information used in local government decision making? Such uses of performance information as the following are analyzed: to set managerial and political agendas; to map out consequences of alternative policies; to signal rationality; and to win debates. Second: Under what conditions is performance information most used? The thesis explores whether and how utilization of performance information is conditioned by factors such as sector, policy portfolio, decision-making stage, conflict level, within-polity role, education, experience, and political party affiliation. Third, the thesis moves beyond correlations between conditioning factors and utilization and asks: What can explain differences in the use of performance information? The thesis shows how reasoning based on agency theory, organizational learning theory, institutional theory, and political behavior theory helps explain differences in the use of performance information among organizations and individuals.

Link to the dissertation: http://folk.uio.no/josteira/Vitenskapelige%20artikler/Avhandling_14juni.pdf


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Publisert 16. okt. 2007 13:07 - Sist endret 12. nov. 2007 10:15