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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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How Organizational Structure Affects Actual Power Relationships between Territorial Levels of Government

How Organizational Structure Affects Actual Power Relationships between Territorial Levels of Government

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(p.30) 2 How Organizational Structure Affects Actual Power Relationships between Territorial Levels of Government
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An Organizational Approach to Public Governance
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Morten Egeberg

Jarle Trondal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825074.003.0002

This chapter opens by clarifying some main organizational structures within which multilevel public governance takes place. As argued, each organization structure tends to privilege certain interests and this seems to hold as regards ‘upstream’ (policy formulation) processes as well as ‘downstream’ (implementation) processes. Theoretically, the chapter builds on some classic insights from organizational research. Empirically, it draws on studies of international organizations, the European Union, and federal as well as unitary states. The chapter shows how the power of lower-level territories to shape these processes depends on the extent to which organizational structures are arranged according to a territorial principle. In the same vein, higher levels of government tend to strengthen their position when non-territorial principles of specialization prevail.

Keywords:   organization structure, implementation, levels of government, policy formulation, principles of specialization

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