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Structure and Organisation of Government Project – SOG-PRO

Submission summary

Why are some administrative organizations successfully created, frequently reorganized, merged, or terminated, whereas others are seemingly
‘immortal’ and become more powerful than the elected politicians that created and control them? This question has become pertinent, especially in past three decades, within European parliamentary democracies. By the end of the 1970s, when the golden era of welfare state expansion and state growth came to an end, a new generation of political leaders such as President Ronald Reagan of the United States and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom initiated a series of administrative reform trajectories – privatization, deregulation, agencification, liberalization, decentralization, and New Public Management – with the aim to fundamentally alter the scope and scale of central government and sparked off several reform trajectories across the developed and developing economies.
This project develops and applies a novel framework that will systematically map and explain organizational changes within central government crossnationally in four European parliamentary democracies, France, Germany

Project coordinator

Monsieur Philippe BEZES (Centre d'études et de recherches de sciences administratives et politiques)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


Politics (Uni Exeter) Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Utrecht School of Governance Utrecht School of Governance
Politik (Uni Potsdam) Lehrstuhl für Politikwissenschaft, Verwaltung und Organisation, Universität Potsdam
CERSA/CNRS Centre d'études et de recherches de sciences administratives et politiques

Help of the ANR 229,424 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: August 2014 - 36 Months

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