The Life and Death of Public Organizations: A Question of Institutional Design?

Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 23, No. 3, July 2010 (pp. 385–410)

26 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2013

See all articles by Arjen Boin

Arjen Boin

Utrecht School of Governance; Louisiana State University

Sanneke Kuipers

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Marco Steenbergen

University of Bern

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Why do some public organizations grow old and others die young? Since Herbert Kaufman first posed this question, considerable research has been devoted to answering it. The findings of that research suggest that the design of new public organizations affects, to a significant degree, their survival chances. In this article, we test whether and how “design factors” affected the durability of the so-called New Deal organizations initiated under FDR’s first term. Our findings confirm that design factors do matter, but their effects change over time. We draw out some potential implications for institutional design and sketch a renewed research agenda to determine why some public organizations survive environmental pressure whereas others succumb to it.

Suggested Citation

Boin, Arjen and Kuipers, Sanneke and Steenbergen, Marco, The Life and Death of Public Organizations: A Question of Institutional Design? (2010). Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 23, No. 3, July 2010 (pp. 385–410), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2198952

Arjen Boin (Contact Author)

Utrecht School of Governance ( email )

Postbox 80145
Utrecht, 3508 TC
Netherlands

Louisiana State University ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

Sanneke Kuipers

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

Kriekenpitplein 21-22
Adam Smith Building
Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC
Netherlands

Marco Steenbergen

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
67
Abstract Views
456
Rank
632,255
PlumX Metrics