ABSTRACT

As policymakers and scholars evaluate possible ways forward in the reform and renewal of public services by governments caught up in a recessionary environment, this book aims to offer something different – a comprehensive analysis of the development of the ‘Scandinavian’ way of modernizing public-sector management. No book has yet provided an inside view of the development and character of New Public Management (NPM) in Scandinavia. Although there is a general perception that there is a clear-cut ‘Scandinavian’ model of public policy and management, this book offers a more nuanced interpretation, illuminating subtle distinctions in political, social and economic context which are significant in identifying receptive contexts for the adoption of modernization policies.

Organized into three main themes in the modernization of the welfare state – management, governance and marketization – the contents revolve around unique empirical accounts, revealing distinctive Scandinavian characteristics of reform initiatives. The received wisdom may be a hesitant follower of the UK and the USA. But this book offers an alternative interpretation, revealing an edginess in certain Scandinavian settings, particularly in Sweden, which is a largely unrecognized.

Without compromising the welfare state, it may be a bold frontrunner in the development of New Public Management.

chapter 1|17 pages

Making sense of public- sector reforms: Scandinavian perspectives

ByIRVINE LAPSLEY

chapter 2|17 pages

New Public Management in a Scandinavian context

ByHANS KNUTSSON, OLA MATTISSON, SALME NÄSI

part |2 pages

PART I Modernization through management

part |2 pages

PART II Governance and modernization

chapter 8|16 pages

Audit in a trusting climate

ByÅGE JOHNSEN , KRISTIN REICHBORN - KJENNERUD ,

chapter 11|16 pages

Leadership and strategy in a transforming academic field

ByCHRISTINE BLOMQVIST

part |2 pages

PART III Marketization and modernization

chapter 12|12 pages

Market solutions

ByFREDRIK ANDERSSON

chapter 13|16 pages

Introducing quasi- markets in primary care: the Swedish experience

ByANNA HÄGER GLENNGÅRD AND ANDERS ANELL

chapter 15|15 pages

Welfare choices: a story of market forces and social progress

ByHANS KNUTSSON

part |2 pages

PART IV Ending note

chapter 16|14 pages

Modernizing the public sector: the Scandinavian way

ByHANS KNUTSSON, OLA MATTISSON, ULF RAMBERG