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An Organizational Approach to Public GovernanceUnderstanding and Design$
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Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825074.001.0001

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Agencification and Location

Agencification and Location

Does Organizational Site Affect Public Governance?

(p.99) 7 Agencification and Location
An Organizational Approach to Public Governance

Morten Egeberg

Jarle Trondal

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 offers a large-N study on whether the geographical location of government agencies affects public governance. Two decades of New Public Management have placed agencification high on the agenda of administrative policymakers. Moreover, agencies organized at arm’s length from ministerial departments have sometimes also been located outside of the capital or political centre. Although practitioners tend to assign weight to location as regards political-administrative behaviour, this relationship has been largely ignored by scholars in the field. This chapter shows that agency autonomy, agency influence, and inter-institutional coordination seem to be relatively unaffected by agency site. The chapter also specifies some conditions under which this finding is valid.

Keywords:   agencification, autonomy, coordination, geographical location, organizational site, New Public Management

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