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Governing the state
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2016 (English)In: The Oxford handbook of Swedish politics / [ed] Jon Pierre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 347-361 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In modern democracies, demands put on governments to govern are high. However, the governing of states has proven difficult. The difficulties can be explained by the fact that modern states possess a complexity unparalleled in any other organization. Ambiguity, conflicting interests, compromises and the risk of overload reveal governments as everything but those rational, co-ordinated and problem-solving entities that they routinely are presented as. However, this does not mean that states are ungovernable. Governments are often able to govern state activities, but they do it in other ways than those implied by contemporary management models with their hierarchical, top down-oriented, command-and-control methods. Based on a multitude of empirical studies in Sweden this chapter discusses six strategies that the Swedish government uses when governing state agencies: creating formal organizations, positioning, fostering competition, distancing, forming communication channels and storytelling.​

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 347-361 p.
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123328ISBN: 9780199665679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123328DiVA: diva2:873481
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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