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Changing accountability relations in a welfare state – an assessment based on a study of welfare reforms

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dc.contributor.author Byrkjeflot, Haldor
dc.contributor.author Lægreid, Per
dc.contributor.author Christensen, Tom
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-07T08:52:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-07T08:52:21Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11
dc.identifier.issn 1503-0946 (Print ISSN)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/5988
dc.description This paper was presented at the ECPR General Conference Reykjavik 25. – 27. August 2011, in the section on Comparative Perspectives on the Management and Organisation of the Public Sector. It is part of the research project Reforming Welfare States; Accountability, Democracy and Management, funded by the VAM program in the Norwegian Research council. en
dc.description.abstract In this paper we investigate how two major reforms in the Norwegian welfare sector changed accountability relationships. The reforms in question were the NAV reform of the welfare administration that Norway passed in 2005 and implemented through 2009 and the hospital reform of 2002. The NAV reform merged the national pension administration and the employment agency and established local partnerships with the municipality-based social services. The hospital reform transferred ownership from counties to the state and merged hospitals into health enterprises. We map formal accountability relations to see whether they were changed by the reform and how they work in practice. More specifically we address the following accountability relations: Political, managerial, legal, professional and social accountability. We show that the actual accountability relations are not always tight coupled to the formal relations. It is a complex accountability pattern in which different accountability relations supplements each other. en
dc.description.abstract I dette notatet undersøker vi hvordan to store reformer i den norske velferdsstaten har endret ansvarsrelasjoner. Reformene som studeres er NAV reformen som ble vedtatt i 2005 og gjennomført fram til 2009 og sykehusreformen som ble innført i 2002. NAV reformen slo sammen trygdeetaten og arbeidsmarkedsetaten og etablerte et lokalt partnerskap med kommunene når det gjaldt sosialhjelp. Sykehussreformen overførte eierskapene av sykehusene fra fylkeskommunen til staten og omdannet sykehusene til helseforetak. I dette paperet kartlegges i hvilken grad formelle ansvarsrelasjoner ble endret i forbindles med reformen og hvordan de fungerer i praksis. Men spesifikt rettes søkelyset mot følgende ansvarsrelasjoner: politisk ansvar, administrativt ansvar, legalt ansvar, profesjonelt ansvar og sosilat ansvar. Vi viser at de faktiske ansvarsrelasjonene ikke alltid er tett koplet til de formelle. Det avdekkes et komplekst og sammensatt ansvarsmønster hvor ulike ansvarsrelasjoner supplerer hverandre. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 10-2011 en
dc.rights Copyright Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies. All rights reserved en
dc.title Changing accountability relations in a welfare state – an assessment based on a study of welfare reforms en
dc.type Working paper en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200 en


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