Changing governance structures as a means to public sector reform


Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST)
  • Staatskanzlei des Kantons Aargau
  • Jubilee Fund of the City of Vienna for the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Duration Dec. 1, 2004 - Dec. 31, 2009

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  • Department of Public Management AE (Former organization)
  • 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)
  • Kloibhofer, Günter (Former researcher)
  • Meyer, Renate (Details)
  • Steigenberger, Karin (Former researcher)
 

Abstract (German)

This project focuses on changing governance structures in the course of public sector reform programmes. We especially analyse the various forms (e.g. corporatizations/agencies, public private partnerships, contracting out, etc.), the motives and objectives, and the dynamics of the corresponding developments of specific policy fields within their socio-political contexts and the reflection of these processes in the public agenda and debate. A comparative perspective is chosen in order to highlight specific national characteristics.
A main interest is the question what kind of factors (institutional, individual-rationality) impact the diffusion and success of new governance structures.
The current focus lies on public private partnerships (PPPs) and agencies (Ausgliederungen). The latter is embedded in a research network within the EU COST Action program “Comparative Research into Current Trends in Public Sector Organization (CRIPO)” which focuses on an EU-wide comparative research on the autonomisation, coordination and steering of agencies and its impact on both performance and accountability.


Abstract (English)

This project focuses on changing governance structures in the course of public sector reform programmes. We especially analyse the various forms (e.g. corporatizations/agencies, public private partnerships, contracting out, etc.), the motives and objectives, and the dynamics of the corresponding developments of specific policy fields within their socio-political contexts and the reflection of these processes in the public agenda and debate. A comparative perspective is chosen in order to highlight specific national characteristics.
A main interest is the question what kind of factors (institutional, individual-rationality) impact the diffusion and success of new governance structures.
The current focus lies on public private partnerships (PPPs) and agencies (Ausgliederungen). The latter is embedded in a research network within the EU COST Action program “Comparative Research into Current Trends in Public Sector Organization (CRIPO)” which focuses on an EU-wide comparative research on the autonomisation, coordination and steering of agencies and its impact on both performance and accountability.

Partners

Publications

Journal article

2005 Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2005. Le pénible parcours des partenariats public-privé en Autriche. Téléscope 12 (1): 65-79. (Details)
  Angerer, Dieter, Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2005. Public private partnerships between euphoria and disillusionment. Recent experiences from Austria and implications for countries in cransformation. The Romanian Journal of Political Sciences 5 (1): 56-71. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2009 Steigenberger, Karin, Egger-Peitler, Isabell, Jancsary, Dennis, Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2009. Public Corporate Governance in a Country with a Pronounced Administrative Law Tradition - Current Empirical Findings from Austria. EGPA Konferenz Malta, Malta, Malta, 02.09. - 05.09.. (Details)
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)
2007 Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2007. Legitimizing the failure of a public private partnership project – media accounts in the twilight zone of public and private sector logics. 23rd EGOS colloquium, Vienna, Österreich, July. (Details)
2006 Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2006. Public Private Partnerships: Public affairs management in the twilight zone of public and private sector. IFSAM VIIIth World Congress, Berlin, Deutschland, September 2006. (Details)
  Meyer, Renate, Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2006. Public Private Partnerships in a Continental European Context - Current experiences from the City of Vienna. Paper presented at the 10th International Research Symposium on Public Management (IRSPM X), Glasgow, Großbritannien, April. (Details)
2005 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Kloibhofer, Günter, Meyer, Renate. 2005. Public Private Partnerships as means to manage large cities. Third IIAS Conference, Berlin, Deutschland, 20.09.-23.09.. (Details)
  Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2005. Relevanz und Entwicklungsstand von Public Private Partnerships. Paper presented at: CEMS Knowledge Forum, Wien, Österreich, November. (Details)
2004 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Angerer, Dieter. 2004. The collapse of a leading public private partnership project in Austria - a matter of different private and public sector logics?. 20th EGOS Colloquium, Ljubljana, Slowenien, July. (Details)
2001 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Meyer, Renate, Sandner, Karl, Callender, Guy, Johnston, Judy. 2001. Managing employment services in Australia and Austria: Northern and southern hemisphere approaches to the New Public Management. ANZAM, Auckland, Neuseeland, December. (Details)
  Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Meyer, Renate, Sandner, Karl, Callender, Guy, Johnston, Judy. 2001. The corporatization of employment services in Austria and Australia. 17th EGOS Colloquium/Subtheme 9: Bringing Public Organizations Back In, Lyon, Frankreich, July. (Details)
  Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Meyer, Renate, Sandner, Karl, Callender, Guy, Johnston, Judy. 2001. The discourse of privatization and corporatization. PATNET 14th Annual Conference, Leiden, Niederlande, June. (Details)
  Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Meyer, Renate, Sandner, Karl, Callender, Guy, Johnston, Judy. 2001. The discourse of privatization and corporatization of employment services. IASIA Conference/Working group II, Athens, Griechenland, July. (Details)

Research report, expert opinion

2006 Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Egger-Peitler, Isabell. 2006. Aargau 2020: Bericht an den Regierungsrat. Wien/Aarau: Institut für Public Management. (Details)
  Sandner, Karl, Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Kloibhofer, Günter, Kneißl, Martina. 2006. Public Private Partnerships - Good Practices für das Verwaltungsmanagement in Großstädten anhand des konkreten Beispiels der Stadt Wien. Wien: Projektbericht für den Jubiläumsfonds der Stadt Wien. (Details)

Classification

Expertise

  • public management; governance structures; public private partnerships; agencies/Ausgliederungen;