“Reorganization fever” in Norway and France
Both Norway and France have been “afflicted with reorganization fever,” Philippe Bezes, Anne Lise Fimreite, Patrick Le Lidec and Per Laegreid argue in the current issue of Governance. But the two countries pursued different kinds of organizational redesign projects: “French reforms have recently become more radical and comprehensive, while the Norwegian reforms are more hesitant.” The authors show the limitations of simplistic arguments about the influence of international trends, such as NPM or post-NPM models. Reform paths are the product of “specific combinations” of political strategies, external pressures and institutional constraints in each country. Free access to the article.