Public Administration Reforms in Europe
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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.
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Chapter 14: Norway: managerialism, incrementalism and collaboration

Per Lægreid and Lise H. Rykkja


The chapter describes dominant public management reform trends and top-level civil servants’ assessments of the use of managerial tools within the public sector of Norway with a focus on the last five years. A main finding is that Norway largely follows the same reform trends as in Europe, with the important exception of public sector downsizing. The managerial tools that are used are judged as rather successful, in contrast to many other European countries. The reform features are in line with the traditional Norwegian collaborative reform strategy and policy style, and confirm a reluctant and incremental approach emphasizing managerial aspects rather than privatization and marketization.

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