Quotation Leixnering, Stephan, Schikowitz, Andrea, Meyer, Renate. 2016. Austria: Nothing is different, but everything's changed. In: Public Administration Reforms in Europe: The View from the Top, Hrsg. Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Van de Walle, Steven, Andrews, Rhys, Bezes, Philippe, 41-51. Cheltenham and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.


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The Austrian COCOPS findings confirm the ongoing relevance of the traditional legalistic public sector norms and values. However, this traditional administrative culture is today supplemented with managerialistic and network-oriented ideas and orientations. Combining a focus on results with process orientation and increased networking and mediating activities between diverse actors and interests, we find hybrid forms of governance and executives’ role identities. For instance, shifting value priorities, such as emphasis of the relevance of results in general, go along with reluctant behaviour, such as a lack of actual performance management, underscored by the perception of low management autonomy. Thus, while managerial values and principles appear as incorporated in Austrian public executives’ role identities, in order to deal with shortcomings and contradictions with the existing system, they fall back to familiar practices: Basically, nothing is different, but everything’s changed.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Austria: Nothing is different, but everything's changed
Title of whole publication Public Administration Reforms in Europe: The View from the Top
Editor Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Van de Walle, Steven, Andrews, Rhys, Bezes, Philippe
Page from 41
Page to 51
Location Cheltenham and Northampton, MA
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2016
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781783475391/9781783475391.00010.xml
ISBN 978 1 78347 539 1
Open Access N

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COCOPS: Public Sector Executive Identities
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Leixnering, Stephan (Details)
Schikowitz, Andrea (Former researcher)
Meyer, Renate (Details)
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Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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