The Challenge of Coordination in Central Government Organizations: The Norwegian Case



This paper addresses coordination problems in central government by focusing on the Norwegian case. The main research questions are: What are the experiences of civil servants concerning horizontal and vertical coordination, and internal and external coordination? What is the relative importance of structural, demographic and cultural variables for explaining variations in civil servants’ perception of coordination? The data base is a questionnaire to civil servants in ministries and central agencies in 2006. The main findings are that there are more problems with horizontal coordination than with vertical coordination; that coordination problems are bigger in central agencies than in ministries; and that a low level of mutual trust tends to aggravate coordination problems.


Coordination Central government Norway Administrative reform New Public Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

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