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Cross-Border Coordination Activities in Central Government Administration—Combining Organizational Conditions and Individual Features


  • Dag Christensen
  • Tom Christensen
  • Per Lægreid


  • Tor Midtbø


In this article we address working across border in central government, focusing on the case of Norway. The first research question is descriptive: How much do civil servants participate in project and working groups inside ministries, across ministries, and between ministries and central agencies, and have there been changes over time? The second is explanatory: How can we use structural and demographic perspectives to explain the variation in cross-border activities according to individual and organizational features? We apply an analysis examining the effects of both individual features and organizational conditions of the ministries as a whole. The main results are that the collegial-cross boarder projects- and working groups tend to supplement the hierarchical ministerial organization and that cross border-collegial activities are due to both organizational conditions and individual features. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Dag Christensen & Tom Christensen & Per Lægreid & Tor Midtbø, 2012. "Cross-Border Coordination Activities in Central Government Administration—Combining Organizational Conditions and Individual Features," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 367-382, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:12:y:2012:i:4:p:367-382
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-012-0178-7

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    1. Christopher Pollitt, 2003. "Joined‐up Government: a Survey," Political Studies Review, Political Studies Association, vol. 1(1), pages 34-49, January.
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    1. Tom Christensen & Per Lægreid, 2020. "Coordination Quality in Central Government – the Case of Norway," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 145-162, March.
    2. Carsten Greve, 2015. "Ideas in Public Management Reform for the 2010s. Digitalization, Value Creation and Involvement," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 49-65, March.


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