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A World of Standards$
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Nils Brunsson and Bengt Jacobsson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256952.001.0001

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Arenas as Standardizes

Arenas as Standardizes

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A World of Standards

Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how an international organization set up as a forum for the discussion of public administration issues ended up being an active standardizer. Numerous organizations provide standards even if this is not their official or main purpose. Examples are organizations whose task is to be arenas; they produce and provide information and comparisons, report and propose initiatives for change, and generally facilitate exchange of experience, ideas, and ideals. One such organization is PUMA, a committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that serves as an arena where representatives of OECD countries can learn and share their ideas and experience concerning the development of public management. This chapter shows how PUMA emerged as an organization and explains how it developed into a standardizer. The character of the standards created by PUMA is described and explained.

Keywords:   arenas, standardizers, standardization, standards, international organizations, PUMA, public administration, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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