The View from the Top
Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews and Philippe Bezes
Chapter 11: Denmark: towards the Neo-Weberian State in the digital era
AbstractThe 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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