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Influence as the key to consent? Swedish director generals’ perceptions of reporting requirements

Journal article
Authors Jenny De Fine Licht
Jon Pierre
Published in International Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume 32
Issue 4
Pages 388-402
ISSN 0951-3558
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Public Administration
Department of Political Science
Pages 388-402
Language en
Keywords Director Generals, Performance measurement, Reporting requirements
Subject categories Political Science


© 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Performance measurements have become a prominent part of government steering of public agencies. At the same time, they are increasingly criticized for creating heavy administrative burdens. The purpose of this paper is to argue that consent on part of the heads of agencies is vital for making performance measurement an efficient tool for not only control but also organizational learning. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reports a survey with a nearly total sample of Swedish Director Generals. Findings: Findings suggest that Director Generals who feel that they are able to influence the goals and indicators of their agencies are significantly more willing to consent to the government’s reporting requirements. Originality/value: The paper suggests that a more encompassing, interactive and participatory process might increase agency consent with reporting requirements.

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