Nordic Administrative Collaboration: Scope, Predictors and Effects on Policy Design and Administrative Reform Measures

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Nordic Administrative Collaboration: Scope, Predictors and Effects on Policy Design and Administrative Reform Measures


  • Per Lægreid Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Lise H. Rykkja Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway


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Abstract:  This article examines whether Nordic administrative collaboration is still ‘alive and kicking,’ or whether it has been marginalized by increased integration into Europe and strong international reform trajectories. We analyse the scope and intensity of Nordic administrative collaboration from a structural perspective based on the perceptions of civil servants in the Norwegian central government. We also address the implications of Nordic collaboration for policy design and reform measures. The main conclusion is that Nordic administrative collaboration can best be described as differentiated integration. The scope of Nordic administrative collaboration is rather broad, and its internal structural features vary significantly. Nordic collaboration is perceived to have more of an effect on policy design than on specific administrative reform means and measures. However, structural features also matter.

Keywords:  administrative collaboration; administrative reforms; civil service; differentiated integration; Nordic countries; Norway; policy design; public policy

Published:   3 November 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v8i4.3281


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