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Public Sector Innovation as Governance Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Competitive and Collaborative Strategies in the Swedish Transport Sector
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7382-5677
2018 (English)In: Administration & Society, ISSN 0095-3997, E-ISSN 1552-3039Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The constraining impact of bureaucracy on creative problem solving has been a recurring theme in research on public innovation, and public actors increasingly seek to “steer” innovation through interactive spaces for collaboration and competition. This article examines this form of “meta-governance” in the case of the Swedish Transport Administration and reveals a pattern where the initial opening of arenas for innovation is followed by a countermovement toward organization. Findings suggest that the introduction of elements of organization, such as hierarchy, rules, and membership, in governance spaces is a key strategy for coming to grips with a new innovation promoting role.

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2018.
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meta-governance, public innovation, procurement, collaborative planning, transport sector
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158572DOI: 10.1177/0095399718789077OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158572DiVA, id: diva2:1237513
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Trafikverket modern myndighetOrganizing for Auditing - an essential element in governance (Orfa)Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-09 Last updated: 2018-08-09

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