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Sist endret: 27. januar 2021 11:45
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2020
Resultat
Vitenskapelig artikkel
2020

Reserved but Principled – and Sometimes Functional: Explaining Decentralisation Preferences Among Regional Bureaucrats

Bidragsytere:
  • Thomas M. Myksvoll

Tidsskrift

Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration
ISSN 2001-7405
e-ISSN 2001-7413
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2020
Publisert online: 2020
Trykket: 2020
Volum: 24
Hefte: 3
Sider: 73 - 101
Open Access

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Tittel

Reserved but Principled – and Sometimes Functional: Explaining Decentralisation Preferences Among Regional Bureaucrats

Sammendrag

In recent decades, decentralisation measures have been implemented in most advanced democracies. While such reforms may be driven by subnational pressures and demands for empowerment, the central government usually has the deciding power to decentralise. Literature on regional preference has proliferated since the 1990s, though we know little of regional administrative preferences in relation to this process. As policy formulators and implementers, they are directly affected by dispersion of authority downwards, as it directly affects their organisational structures and portfolio of responsibilities. This article analyses decentralisation preferences among regional bureaucrats in Norway in the context of the 2015-2020 Regional Government Reform. Utilising an original survey and testing five explanations, the bureaucrats are generally reserved about taking on additional functions, with support for increasing their portfolio primarily explained by a principled motivation to increase regional autonomy, followed by feelings of regional attachment. Functional arguments also matter, though to a lesser extent. The bureaucrats’ principled, rather than functional, attitude towards regionalisation deviates from theoretical premises of decentralisation literature, while also challenging more underlying notions of bureaucratic thinking, inviting further research into how these dynamics manifest themselves among members of the civil service.

Bidragsytere

Thomas M. Myksvoll

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved NORCE Samfunn ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Institutt for sammenliknende politikk ved Universitetet i Bergen
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