Budget reforms in times of austerity: A centralization cascade in Danish central government?

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskning

Resumé

In the literature times of austerity is argued to give rise to centralization of decisions making. A recently published article finds evidence of a centralization cascade in times of austerity. Based on a case study of recent changes of the Danish budget institutions, the aim of this pa-per is to explore how such a centralization cascade may look like when zooming into a specific case. Another aim is to explore the consequences of the changes of budget institutions. The paper shows that the fiscal crisis was a window of opportunity for the Ministry of Finance to introduce a budget reform that centralizes decisions making. A centralization cascade is identi-fied, as the Ministry of Finance enhances more power and control the ministries more frequent and more in the depth, as a result of this parent ministries have to control their agencies more frequent and much more detailed than before, which finally results in a more detailed control and steering carried out by the managing directors in the agencies. The paper also shows that the changes imply a range of consequences; some are functional others are more dysfunction-al. There seems therefore to be a lot of trade-offs when budget institutions are designed. The implication hereof is that it is very important to consider all these trade-offs when budget insti-tutions are designed and to consider whether it is possible to design budget institutions so that the dysfunctional consequences are minimized and the functional are kept?
OriginalsprogDansk
Publikationsdato2016
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa
Begivenhed20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Varighed: 13. apr. 201615. apr. 2016
Konferencens nummer: 20

Konference

Konference20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference
Nummer20
LandHong Kong
ByHong Kong
Periode13/04/201615/04/2016

Citer dette

Kristiansen, M. B. (2016). Budget reforms in times of austerity: A centralization cascade in Danish central government?. Paper præsenteret på 20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Kristiansen, Mads Bøge. / Budget reforms in times of austerity : A centralization cascade in Danish central government?. Paper præsenteret på 20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
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Kristiansen, MB 2016, 'Budget reforms in times of austerity: A centralization cascade in Danish central government?', Paper fremlagt ved 20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 13/04/2016 - 15/04/2016.

Budget reforms in times of austerity : A centralization cascade in Danish central government? / Kristiansen, Mads Bøge.

2016. Paper præsenteret på 20th International Research Society on Public Management Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskning

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