From Cabinets to Committees

The Danish Experience
  • Rikke Berg


Unlike a number of other Western countries which in recent years have changed their local executive structure from committees to cabinets (Pratchet, 1999; Caulfield and Larsen, 2002), Danish municipalities have kept committees as the ruling principle of their executive structure. Indeed, such minor changes as have taken place in the executive structures of the Danish municipalities have been in the opposite direction: from cabinets to committees. Thus, in 1998 three of the largest municipalities in the country, Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborg reformed their executive structure and moved from cabinets to committees. Today, the committee model organises the executive structure of all but one of the 271 Danish municipalities.1


City Council Political Agenda Department Head Committee Meeting Council Member 
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© Rikke Berg and Nirmala Rao 2005

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