A Projectified Public Administration How Projects in Swedish Local Governments Become Instruments for Political and Managerial Concerns

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A Projectified Public Administration How Projects in Swedish Local Governments Become Instruments for Political and Managerial Concerns
Author Fred, Mats ; Hall, Patrik
Date 2017
English abstract
Over the last couple of decades an increasing use of temporary organizations has been observed in public administration, a development sometimes referred to as projectification. This article explores the political-administrative rationality of projectification by studying the initiation and implementation of a project funding system regarding social investments in a Swedish municipality. In the article it is argued that projectification is driven by the administrative leadership with the aid of devoted civil servants. Projects are also attractive to politicians because of the temporal, forward-looking character of politics itself, i.e. that the time conception of project management and politics is basically similar. The article shows that the critique against projectification in terms of increasing short-termism is somewhat beside the point, since politicians and top managers rather seem interested to introduce more short-termism in public administration. Projectification, however, does not represent a profound organizational change but rather introduces a new mind-set with potential long-term effects.
Publisher Statsvetenskapliga förbundet
Host/Issue Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift;1
Volume 119
ISSN 0039-0747
Pages 185-205
Language eng (iso)
Subject projectification
local government
public administration
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22377 Permalink to this page
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