Principles of Public Management in Scandinavian Countries: A Theoretical Assessment

International Public Administration Review,Vol. XII, No. 1, 2014

16 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2015

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Jan Vanebo

North Troendelag University College

Jon Andersen

Örebro University

Date Written: January 3, 2014

Abstract

In the Scandinavian countries, policy documents have been developed to strengthen leadership practices in the public sector. The policy documents 'Code for Chief Executive Excellence' (Denmark) and 'Leadership in Norway’s Civil Service' pertain to how the public sector ought to be managed. This article addresses two problems concerning these documents. To what degree does New Public Management (NPM) influence them? To what degree does management and leadership theory and research support the principles proposed by these documents? This article concludes that NPM has had a significant impact on public management in the Scandinavian countries. The policy documents are based on leadership research and are in accordance with mainstream management theory. The idea of formulating a principle of management that would characterize the classical contributions is also evident in these documents.

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Keywords: New Public Management, Public Management, Principles, Policy documents, NPM in the Scandinavian countries

JEL Classification: G28

Suggested Citation

Vanebo, Jan and Andersen, Jon, Principles of Public Management in Scandinavian Countries: A Theoretical Assessment (January 3, 2014). International Public Administration Review,Vol. XII, No. 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2572924

Jan Vanebo (Contact Author)

North Troendelag University College ( email )

Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag
Postboks 2501
STEINKJER, NO-7729
Norway

Jon Andersen

Örebro University

Fakultetsgatan 1
SE-701 82
Örebro, 70210
Sweden

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