Europeanization of Central Government Administration in the Nordic States

23 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2004

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Per Lægreid

University of Bergen - Department of Administration and Organization Theory

Runolfur Smari Steinthorsson

University of Iceland

Baldur Thorhallsson

University of Iceland

Abstract

This article examines the Europeanization of public administration in the Nordic countries, and explores the changes in central administration due to EU and European Economic Area (EEA) membership. The focus is on Sweden and Finland, which have recently joined the European Union, and Norway and Iceland, whose participation in European integration is based on the EEA agreement. The database is a survey conducted in all ministerial departments and directorates in the Nordic countries. There are significant differences in the adaptation patterns between EU members and EEA members, but also important differences between countries with the same form of affiliation to the EU. The adaptation pattern of the EEA member ship of Norway and Iceland seems to follow a somewhat different path. To understand this, we have to add structural factors such as the size of the public administration. The institutional context of the domestic administrative tradition and strategy also has to be taken into account.

Suggested Citation

Laegreid, Per and Steinthorsson, Runolfur Smari and Thorhallsson, Baldur, Europeanization of Central Government Administration in the Nordic States. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=546906

Per Laegreid (Contact Author)

University of Bergen - Department of Administration and Organization Theory ( email )

Norway

Runolfur Smari Steinthorsson

University of Iceland ( email )

IS-101 Reykjavik
Iceland

Baldur Thorhallsson

University of Iceland ( email )

IS-101 Reykjavik
Iceland

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