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The role of ideas and institutional change in Finnish public sector reform

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Abstract:

This article explores institutional change and the role of ideas in Finnish public sector reform from the late 1970s to 2007. The main purpose of the study is to explore the ideas advanced in favour of legislative reforms – what have been the objectives behind them and to what extent have the objectives and arguments changed. The analysis illustrates that there have been ideational changes behind the public sector reforms and that they have served as policy blueprints, ideological weapons and cognitive locks. The article shows that ideas are an important locus of policy development and a source of institutional change.

Keywords: FINLAND; IDEAS; POLICY CHANGE; PUBLIC SECTOR

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/147084411X581871

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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