Determinants of Result-based Control in Italian Agencies

Dario Barbieri, Paolo Fedele, Davide Galli, Edoardo Ongaro

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Governance of Public Sector Organizations examines recent changes in central governmental administration in contemporary democracies by focusing on organizational forms and their effects. There is a considerable need for such knowledge in a period when governments are constantly restructuring their administration. This book studies and explains how New Public Management (NPM) and post-NPM reforms affect the organizational proliferation and specialization, as well as the autonomy and control of central agencies. New empirical data sheds light on the effects of these changes on organizational performance. The book describes how 'whole-of-government' initiatives with emphasis on reassertion of the centre and horizontal coordination supplement NPM reforms, producing increased layering and complexity in government organizations. The contributors to this volume examine agencies in Australia, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Hungary. By combining survey, mapping and case study methodologies, they show that structural, cultural, task-related and historical features interact in shaping organizational reforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance of Public Sector Organisations: Proliferation, Autonomy and Performance
EditorsPer Lægreid, Koen Verhoest
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages360
ISBN (Print)978-0230238206
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2010

Publication series

NameGovernance and Public Management
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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