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Public Administration Reforms in Europe

Public Administration Reforms in Europe

The View from the Top

Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews and Philippe Bezes

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives’ perceptions about the effects of those reforms.

Chapter 11: Denmark: towards the Neo-Weberian State in the digital era

Carsten Greve and Niels Ejersbo

Subjects: business and management, public management, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public administration and management, public policy


The key questions addressed in this chapter are: How have public management reforms developed in Denmark? What are the key management tools in place and what explains their use? What are the outcomes and implications of public management reform in Denmark? This chapter describes how Denmark has turned into a Neo-Weberian State using digital era governance elements where a modernized and efficient state, spurred on by the Danish Ministry of Finance, is aided by a digital reform effort focusing on outcomes and results, and a more integrated and holistic approach. The outcome of the various modernization programmes and reforms in Denmark over the last decades is a rather robust and well performing public sector. This is confirmed by the various international rankings where Denmark consistently scores high on most management and governance criteria.

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