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Governance of Public Sector Organizations

Proliferation, Autonomy and Performance

  • Per Lægreid
  • Koen Verhoest

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Reforming Public Sector Organizations

    1. Per Lægreid, Koen Verhoest
      Pages 1-18
  3. Proliferation and Specialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Per Lægreid, Vidar W. Rolland, Paul G. Roness, John-Erik Ågotnes
      Pages 21-43
    3. Jan Rommel, Koen Verhoest, Joery Matthys
      Pages 66-85
  4. Autonomy and Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Martin Painter, John P. Burns, Wai-Hang Yee
      Pages 111-132
    3. Dario Barbieri, Paolo Fedele, Davide Galli, Edoardo Ongaro
      Pages 133-154
  5. Performance and Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Marie-Ève Quenneville, Claude Laurin, Nicole Thibodeau
      Pages 157-176
    3. Marieke van Genugten
      Pages 177-194
    4. Koen Verhoest, Bram Verschuere, Falke Meyers, Andrew Sulle
      Pages 211-232
  6. Post-NPM and Whole-of-Government: Increased Complexity

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 298-343

About this book


Governance of Public Sector Organizations a nalyzes recent changes in government administration by focusing on organizational forms and their effects. Contributors to this edited volume demonstrate how generations of reform result in increased complexity of government organizations, and explain this layering process with multiple theories.


governance Government Policy Public Sector Organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Per Lægreid
    • 1
  • Koen Verhoest
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Administration and Organization TheoryUniversity of BergenNorway
  2. 2.Public Management InstituteCatholic University of LeuvenBelgium

About the editors

TOBIAS BACH Research Fellow, University of Potsdam, Germany DARIO BARBIERI Assistant Professor, Bocconi University, Italy JOHN P. BURNS Professor, University of Hong Kong, China TOM CHRISTENSEN Professor, University of Oslo, Norway PAOLO FEDELE Assistant Professor, Udine University, Italy DAVIDE GALLI Consultant at Business Integration Partners, Italy MARIEKE VAN GENUGTEN Assistant Professor, University of Twente, the Netherlands GYÖRGY HAJNAL Senior Researcher/Head of Department, ECOSTAT Government Research Institute, Department of Public Administration Research, Hungary JOHN HALLIGAN Professor, University of Canberra, Australia CLAUDE LAURIN Professor, HEC Montreal, Canada MARTINO MAGGETTI Senior Researcher/Lecturer, University of Zurich and University of Lausanne, Switzerland JOERY MATTHYS Researcher, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium FALKE MEYERS Expert, Flemish Agency for Personnel and Organization, Belgium EDOARDO ONGARO Professor, Bocconi University, Italy MARTIN PAINTER Professor, City University of Hong Kong, China MARIE-ÈVE QUENNEVILLE Lecturer, HEC Montreal, Canada VIDAR WANGEN ROLLAND Adviser, Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Norway JAN ROMMEL Researcher, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium PAUL G. RONESS Professor, University of Bergen, Norway ANDREW SULLE Research Fellow, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium NICOLE THIBODEAU Assistant Professor, Willamette University, USA BRAM VERSCHUERE Assistant Professor, University College Gent, Belgium WAY-HANG YEE Senior Research Associate, City University of Hong Kong, China JOHN-ERIK ÅGOTNES Adviser, Directorate of Fisheries, Norway

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'Global reform of governmental bureaucracies during the past 20 years or so has left academics and practitioners alike with a multitude of new questions, to which many old answers are no longer relevant. This book at once comprehensive yet sharply focused in its scope is an invaluable contribution to the search for new answers. It deserves to be widely read.'

- Robert Gregory, Professor of Political Science, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'Governance of Public Sector Organizations presents intriguing results from an international data collection effort. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of contemporary institutional developments in central government, particularly the role of executive agencies in governance. Drawing on an international network of senior scholars, this book is theoretically rich, conceptually clear, and methodologically innovative. It is a significant contribution to our knowledge of the executive agencies.'

- Jon Pierre, Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, University of Gothenburg, Sweden