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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 Social Complexity

Governing Social Complexity

Metagovernance and Microsteering

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Governing the Embedded State

Bengt Jacobsson

Jon Pierre

Göran Sundström

Oxford University Press

The chapter reviews the main findings in the book and relates them to the analytical framework based in governance theory and organization theory. Steering by organizing coupled with microsteering is the predominant mode of steering in the Swedish system. These findings are consistent with those in countries like the UK although here cast in a theoretical framework that enables us to understand how intra-organizational factors shape the external actions of government. Based on those findings the chapter shows how the role of government in governance in specific policy areas has evolved over time. The loyalty among civil servants reduces transaction costs in the organization but may also have negative consequences such as a reduced capacity to change and adapt to changes in the environment.

Keywords:   metagovernance, organizing, microsteering, bureaucratic loyalty, organization theory

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