Principles of Public Management in Scandinavian Countries: A Theoretical Assessment

  • Jan Ole Vanebo North Troendelag University College, Norway
  • Jon Aarum Andersen
Keywords: New Public Management, Public Management, Principles, Policy documents, NPM in the Scandinavian countries

Abstract

strengthen leadership practices in the public sector. The policy documents ”Code for Chief Executive Excellence” (Denmark) and ”Leadership in Norway’s Civil Service” pertain to how the public sector ought to be managed. This article addresses two problems concerning these documents. To what degree does New Public Management (NPM) influence them? To what degree does management and leadership theory and research support the principles proposed by these documents? This article concludes that NPM has had a significant impact on public management in the Scandinavian countries. The policy documents are based on leadership research and are in accordance with mainstream management theory. The idea of formulating a principle of management that would characterize the classical contributions is also evident in these documents.
Published
2014-05-09
How to Cite
Vanebo, J. O., & Andersen, J. A. (2014). Principles of Public Management in Scandinavian Countries: A Theoretical Assessment. Central European Public Administration Review, 12(1), pp. 9-23. https://doi.org/10.17573/ipar.2014.1.a01
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Articles