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Governance strategies in local government: a study of the governance of municipal corporations in a Swedish municipality

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  • Sven-Olof Yrjo Collin
  • Torbjorn Tagesson

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Municipal corporations can be seen as a method of disintegrating municipal operations, but retaining control through those corporations. We assume that the municipal influence of the corporation can be described through the concept of governance strategy. Through a case study of seven corporations in one Swedish municipality, we found that emphasis was put on corporate strategy as a governance mechanism and that the board only retained a latent capacity. Furthermore, financial control and executive compensation were hardly ever used as governance mechanisms, which led us to formulate the 'chamber concert' hypothesis: the use of governance mechanisms is influenced by traditions, norms, knowledge and governance needs.

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  • Sven-Olof Yrjo Collin & Torbjorn Tagesson, 2010. "Governance strategies in local government: a study of the governance of municipal corporations in a Swedish municipality," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(4), pages 373-389.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:5:y:2010:i:4:p:373-389
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