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Governing the Embedded StateThe Organizational Dimension of Governance$
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Bengt Jacobsson, Jon Pierre, and Göran Sundström

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684168.001.0001

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Governing and Administrative Reform

Governing and Administrative Reform

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Governing the Embedded State
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Bengt Jacobsson

Jon Pierre

Göran Sundström

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684168.003.0005

This chapter examines how governing strategies that have been observed and conceptualized in earlier chapters relate to ideas and decisions within the policy field that explicitly deals with these kinds of questions: administrative reform. Administrative reform in Sweden has since its formation very much concerned questions about how to govern. From the beginning, the reformers came to concentrate their efforts on one specific governing model: management by results. Other ways of thinking were gradually crowded out. However, governing in complex and ambiguous situations necessitates a broader configuration of governing strategies than those offered by management by results. Management by results seldom fostered learning and the reform activities could often be seen as rituals of rationality. As demonstrated in the previous chapters, other governing strategies than those connected with the reforms were in fact exercised by the government. These strategies were used not because of, but despite, administrative reforms.

Keywords:   administrative reform, management by results, governing strategies, learning, rituals of rationality

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