Coordination in Europe

Muiris MacCarthaigh, Astrid Molenveld

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In this chapter, one of the oldest challenges faced by governments is explored. Beginning with an examination of why coordination has remained such a dominant theme in public administration and management, the chapter surveys classical and more recent scholarship on the topic, and unpacks its multiple and increasingly diverse meanings and conceptualizations. As part of this study, coordination is considered in relation to process, management practice, and policy. The dominant basis mechanisms for coordination measures chosen by governments are then presented, followed by the obstacles and challenges to successful coordination within and across all levels of government. The chapter concludes with coordination considered in a multi-level EU context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic administration and public management in Europe
EditorsEdoardo Ongaro, Sandra Van Thiel
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-55269-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-55268-6
Publication statusPublished - 07 Dec 2017

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