Nordic Public Management Reforms Seen from the Top: Adaptive and Agile Governments

Niels Ejersbo*, Carsten Greve, Per Lægreid, Lise H. Rykkja

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This chapter examines current administrative reforms in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It addresses how Nordic central government executives perceive reform processes, trends, contents, and management instruments. The database is a survey of top civil servants in ministries and central agencies. The chapter reveals that the Nordic countries are eager and pragmatic reformers. There is a high level of reform activity and public involvement. The reforms aim to improve services more than cut costs. The Nordic model emerges as agile and adaptive. New reform elements have been added to the existing administrative models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinnish Public Administration : Nordic Public Space and Agency
EditorsElias Pekkola, Jan-Erik Johanson, Mikko Mykkänen
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9783031348617
ISBN (Electronic)9783031348624
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesGovernance and Public Management

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