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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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Colliding Coordination Structures in Multilevel Systems of Government (and How to Live with It)

Colliding Coordination Structures in Multilevel Systems of Government (and How to Live with It)

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(p.72) 5 Colliding Coordination Structures in Multilevel Systems of Government (and How to Live with It)
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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/9780198825074.003.0005

This chapter discusses governance dilemmas that are often overlooked in studies that do not encompass the ecology of organization in public governance. The chapter discusses how coordination structures may counteract each other in multilevel systems of government. The ambition of the chapter is twofold: Firstly, a coordination dilemma is theoretically and empirically illustrated by the seeming incompatibility between a more direct (interconnected) and sectorally specialized implementation structure in the multilevel EU administrative system and trends towards strengthening coordination and control within nation states. Secondly, the chapter discusses organizational arrangements that may enable governance systems to live with the coordination dilemma in practice. This coordination dilemma seems to have been largely ignored in the literature on EU network governance and national ‘joined-up government’ respectively.

Keywords:   coordination dilemma, coordination structure, direct implementation structure, double-hatted national agency, multilevel system

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