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Ex Post Control of Mature State Agencies: Swedish Governments’ Performance Information Demands over Time and Across Policy Sectors
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9236-1636
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8867-0815
2016 (English)In: Paper presented at the EGPA Permanent Study Group ‘Performance & Accountability in the Public Sector’ (PSG II), 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this paper is to study how governments’ demand for performance information changes over time and across policy sectors. On a more specific note we evaluate a management reform launched by the Swedish right-wing coalition government in 2009. The Swedish implementation of Management By Objectives and Results (MBOR) was heavily criticized in the late 2000s, and calls for a more realistic set of goals for state agencies were made. The number and quality of performance indicators demanded was also put to question. An important conclusion was that since agencies are very different, the government should abandon any thought on a one-size-fits-all management policy. Using large-N data on government steering of Swedish state agencies during the period of 1997 to 2013 we conclude that while the number of performance information demands made has decreased substantially after the reform, the qualitative changes we observe in part move in the opposite direction than intended since governments make more precise demands, and request more information on effects. We also conclude that policy sector specifics (tasks and budget size) to a smaller degree than expected appears to co-vary with the performance information demands made.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
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Public Administration Studies Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302329DiVA: diva2:957162
Conference
European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) annual conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, August 24-26, 2016
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-09-01 Created: 2016-09-01 Last updated: 2016-09-01

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