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Governing the Embedded State: The Organizational Dimension of Governance

Bengt Jacobsson, Jon Pierre, and Göran Sundström


This book enhances our understanding of how states address social complexity and international embeddedness by bringing in the organizational dimension of governance. Drawing on extensive empirical research on the Swedish core executive, the book describes a strategy of governance based on a metagovernance model of steering by designing institutional structures. This strategy is supplemented by microsteering of administrative structures within the path dependencies put in place through metagovernance. Both of these strategies of steering rely on subtle methods of providing political guidance t ... More

Keywords: governance, core executive, loyalty, metagovernance, organization theory, Sweden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bengt Jacobsson, author
Södertörn University

Jon Pierre, author
University of Gothenburg

Göran Sundström, author
Stockholm University