Narratives of Governance: Interpreting the Changing Role of the Public Sector in Comparative and Historical Perspectives

Projektansvarlig: R.A.W. Rhodes, University of Newcastle og Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet

Øvrige projektdeltagere: Mark Bevir, University of Newcastle og Torben Beck Jørgensen, Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet

Projektperiode: 1. juni 1999 - 31. december 2003

Kort projektbeskrivelse:
This project focuses on changing patterns of governance in Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the USA. It uses historical narratives to analyse how governmental traditions both interpret the changes and evolve in response to the dilemmas posed by public sector reforms. A governmental tradition is a set of beliefs about the institutions and history of government. The project covers the major European traditions: Anglo-Saxon (no state) tradition; the Germanic (organicist) tradition; the French (Napoleonic or Jacobin) tradition; and the Scandinavian tradition which mixes the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic. For example, the Anglo-Saxon governmental tradition interprets public sector reform and governance differently to the participation tradition of Denmark, leading to different aims, measures and outcomes. Public sector reform in Denmark will, therefore, be placed in both historical and comparative context and the project will seek to show that an approach rooted in history and philosophy can make an important contribution to understanding contemporary problems.