Coordination Quality in Central Government – the Case of Norway

  • Tom Christensen
  • Per Lægreid


This article focuses on perceived coordination quality among Norwegian civil servants. It explains how they assess the quality of coordination in their own field of work along different dimensions. To what degree have such perceptions changed over the past 10 years and what can explain the variations in perceived coordination quality from a structural and a cultural perspective? The data base is a comprehensive survey in ministries and central agencies. The civil servants perceive coordination as better within their own policy area than across administrative levels and policy areas. The perceptions are rather stable over time. The most important factors for understanding variations in coordination quality are coordination capacity, mutual trust and administrative level.


Coordination capacity Coordination quality Central government Norway Instrumental perspective Cultural perspective 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Administration and Organization TheoryUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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