Lægreid , Per, Åsta Dyrnes Nordø og Lise H. Rykkja (2013):

Public Sector Reform in Norway: Views and Experiences from Senior Executives

Coordination for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS)






The COCOPS project (Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future) seeks to comparatively and quantitatively assess the impact of New Public Management-style reforms in European countries, drawing on a team of European public administration scholars from 11 universities in 10 countries. It analyses the impact of reforms in public management and public services that address citizens’ service needs and social cohesion in Europe. Evaluating the extent and consequences of NPM’s alleged fragmenting tendencies and the resulting need for coordination is a key part of assessing these impacts. It is funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme as a Small or Medium-Scale Focused Research Project (2011-2014).


Survey of senior public sector executives in Europe: What do we know about the impact of NPM and administrative reforms?

A cornerstone of the COCOPS project is the Executive Survey on Public Sector Reform in Europe, an original survey of public sector senior executives in ten European countries (and growing), currently the largest of its kind implemented in Europe. The work package thus provides novel quantitative data regarding NPM reforms and their impacts in Europe by exploring the perceptions, experiences and opinions of the actors involved at close range in the conception and implementation of reforms: public sector executives across Europe active in the areas of (as delineated in the project’s reference points) general government, employment and health. The data resulting from the survey also constitutes a building block for other Work Packages (5-8). The Survey has resulted up until now in 4,814 answers from ten participating countries, and an overall response rate of 23.7%. As such, the results cover a substantial part of the targeted population and can be regarded as a good proxy and by far the most representative dataset for European public administrations collected up until present.

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14/5 2014

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The current country report summarizes the findings for Norway along with some first comparisons with the aggregate results from all of the ten validated surveys in Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and UK. A more systematic comparative report based on these country reports will follow in summer 2013.