Impact of budgetary flexibilization and autonomization on agency performance


Type Research Project

Duration Jan. 1, 2008 - Sept. 30, 2009

  • Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
  • Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)

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  • Egger-Peitler, Isabell (Details)
  • Hammerschmid, Gerhard (Former researcher) Project Head
  • Höllerer, Markus (Details)
 

Abstract (German)

The project aims at evaluating a prominent administrative reform project in Austria: the so-called Flexibilisierungsklausel, a budgetary instrument that empowers selected government agencies to a more flexible and autonomous use of allocated resources within the existing budget and civil service framework. Originally established as an alternative model to corporatization, it implies considerable challenges for both agency management and interorganizational relationships within the political-administrative system – thereby also demonstrating the relevance of the traditional public administration culture in Austria with its strong Rechtsstaat tradition. The project uses a variety of data sources and focuses on a comprehensive case study of the three pioneering agencies for an assessment of the longitudinal effects of this reform initiative. Our research emphasize effects of this reform on autonomy, control/steering, coordination and agency performance and also aims at highlighting a number of shortcomings.


Abstract (English)

The project aims at evaluating a prominent administrative reform project in Austria: the so-called Flexibilisierungsklausel, a budgetary instrument that empowers selected government agencies to a more flexible and autonomous use of allocated resources within the existing budget and civil service framework. Originally established as an alternative model to corporatization, it implies considerable challenges for both agency management and interorganizational relationships within the political-administrative system – thereby also demonstrating the relevance of the traditional public administration culture in Austria with its strong Rechtsstaat tradition. The project uses a variety of data sources and focuses on a comprehensive case study of the three pioneering agencies for an assessment of the longitudinal effects of this reform initiative. Our research emphasize effects of this reform on autonomy, control/steering, coordination and agency performance and also aims at highlighting a number of shortcomings.

Partners

  • Bundeskanzleramt - Austria

Publications

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2008 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Höllerer, Markus, Egger-Peitler, Isabell, Seiwald, Johann. 2008. Impact of budgetary flexibilization and autonomization on agency performance – experiences from Austria. EGPA Annual Conference, Rotterdam, Niederlande, 02.09.-06.09.2008. (Details)

Research report, expert opinion

2008 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Egger-Peitler, Isabell, Höllerer, Markus. 2008. Evaluierung des Instruments der Flexibilisierungsklausel. Wien: Institut für Public Management und Bundeskanzleramt Österreich. (Details)

Unpublished lecture

2009 Höllerer, Markus, Egger-Peitler, Isabell. 2009. Kurzkommentar zu Ausgliederungen aus dem Bundeshaushalt. Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte Wien, Wien, 07.07. (Details)
2008 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Höllerer, Markus. 2008. Evaluierung des Instruments der Flexibilisierungsklausel. Forum Finanz, Bundesministerium für Finanzen, Wien, 27.10. (Details)
  Höllerer, Markus. 2008. Evaluierung des Instruments der Flexibilisierungsklausel. WIFO, Wien, 23.09. (Details)

Classification

Expertise

  • Public management
  • Administrative reform
  • Public governance