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Between life and death: organizational change in central state bureaucracies in cross-national comparison

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Abstract

Identifying and explaining change in the structure of central state bureaucracies and the determinants of survival of individual public organizations are two closely related areas of research in public administration. We aim to bridge the gap between these two main strands of studies of organizational change by presenting a novel approach to collecting event history data for public organizations. We have developed this framework as part of the Structure and Organisation of Governments Project, which aims to map entire central state bureaucracies in three Western European countries. Our approach is flexible enough to describe macro-trends in public sector organization populations and to explain these trends by analysing the event histories of the organizations they comprise. In addition to presenting our framework and how we applied it to create this data set, we also present some initial cross-national comparisons of the distribution of the event types recorded, highlighting initial findings and promising avenues for further research.

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hal-03054017 , version 1 (11-12-2020)

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Brendan J Carroll, Jana Bertels, Caterina Froio, Sanneke Kuipers, Lena Schulze-Gabrechten, et al.. Between life and death: organizational change in central state bureaucracies in cross-national comparison. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2020, pp.Online. ⟨10.1177/0020852320964558⟩. ⟨hal-03054017⟩
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