Bureaucracy and Society in Transition: Comparative Perspectives Vol: 33

Haldor Byrkjeflot
University of Oslo, Norway

Fredrick Engelstad
University of Oslo, Norway

Product Details
08 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
320 pages - 152 x 229mm
Comparative Social Research
New Public Management has held a central position within public administration over the past few decades, complemented by various models promoting post-bureaucratic organization. But ‘traditional’ bureaucracy has not disappeared, and bureaucracy is in transition in the West and the rest of the world. Bureaucracies still fill crucial positions in modern societies, despite growing criticism of assumed inefficiencies and unlimited growth.  

This volume examines a range of issues related to bureaucracies in transition across Europe, with a particular focus on the Nordic region. Chapters examine a range of topics including a reinterpretation of Weber’s conception of bureaucracy; the historical development of institutions and organizational structures in Sweden and Greece; the myth of bureaucratic neutrality and the concept of ‘competent neutrality’; performance management systems; the anti-bureaucratic identities of senior civil servants; the role of experts and expertise in bureaucratic organizations; the impact of reform on public sector executives; the curbing of corruption in Scandinavian states; an interrogation of the Nordic administrative model; Supreme Audit Institutions; ‘street-level’ bureaucracy; and the establishment of an ‘ethics of office’ amongst Danish civil servants.
1. Bureaucracy in Transition; Haldor Byrkjeflot and Fredrik Engelstad 
2. The Impact and Interpretation of Weber’s Bureaucratic Ideal Type in Organization Theory and Public Administration; Haldor Byrkjeflot 

Part One: Comparative Perspectives 
3. Building State Infrastructural Capacities: Sweden and Greece; Apostolis Papakostas  
4. From Neutral Competence to Competent Neutrality? Revisiting Neutral Competence as the Core Normative Foundation of Western Bureaucracy; Thurid Hustedt and Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen
5. Outcome Based Performance Management Systems: Experiences from the Danish and Swedish Tax Agencies; Karen Boll 
6. Anti-Bureaucratic Identities Among Top Bureaucrats? Societal Norms and Professional Practices Among Senior Civil Servants in Britain, France and Norway; Marte Mangset 
7. Economists in Government Bureaucracies; Johan Christensen 
8. Multiple Shades of Grey: Opening the Black Box of Public Sector Executives’ Hybrid Role Identities; Stephan Leixnering, Andrea Schikowitz, Gerhard Hammerschmid and Renate E. Meyer

Part Two: Nordic Bureaucracy  
9. The Building of Tte Scandinavian States: Establishing Weberian Bureaucracy and Curbing Corruption from the Mid-Seventeenth to the End of the Nineteenth Century; Mette Frisk Jensen  
10. Nordic Bureaucracy Beyond New Public Management; Carsten Greve, Per Lægreid and Lise H. Rykkja
11. A New Organization of Public Administration – From Internal to External Control; Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud, Thomas Carrington, Kim Klarskov Jeppesen, Külli Taro 
12. Street-Level Bureaucracy and Crosscutting Cleavages in Municipal Worlds; Halvard Vike 
13. Codification and Ethos of Office: Contextualizing a Codex-Solution Introduced in the Danish Central Administration; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth and Anne Roelsgaard Obling
Haldor Byrkjeflot is Professor of Sociology at University of Oslo (UiO), Norway and Academic Director of UiO:Nordic. He is currently exploring historical-comparative research, organization theory and the making and circulation of ideas across societies. Haldor has publications related to logics of employment systems, comparative healthcare reforms, public sector reforms as well as varieties of management systems and bureaucracy. 
Fredrik Engelstad is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway where he was Head of the Institute for Social Research (1986-2007). Engelstad is a Co-Editor of Power and Democracy: Critical Interventions (2004), Comparative Perspectives on Social and Political Elites (2007), and Firms, Boards and Gender Quotas: Comparative Perspectives (2012).

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