Since the 1980s Europe has experienced a process of agencification and corporatization of the units of central administrations. Governments expect these (quasi-) autonomous governmental organizations to be more customer oriented, less bureaucratic, more cost efficient, and more competitive in policy fields where markets have opened up, for example, the network industries. The organizational forms that have been created cover a wide spectrum, from agencies to state-owned enterprises (SOE). The presentation discusses the following questions:
- What organizational forms are common in Europe?
- How does the relationship between parent ministries and these more autonomous units work?
- Has this process of agencification and corporatization achieved its goals?
The empirical basis of the project presented is a survey of all (quasi-) autonomous units that is being conducted in 16 European countries. Reto Steiner also presents an in-depth case study of the Swiss Railways, the Swiss Post, and Swisscom, focusing on the relationship between these state-owned enterprises and their parent ministries, as well as the impact of this corporatization.
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Dr. Reto Steiner, Professor, Center of Competence for Public Management, University of Bern (Switzerland), Visiting Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013
- 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,