Challenging Scandinavian employment relations: The effects of new public management reforms

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Building on the convergence/divergence approach, this paper examines whether recent new public management (NPM) inspired reforms entailing inter alia cutbacks in the public sector, marketisation and management by performance measures have had significant implications for service provision and employment relations in the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish public sector. In this paper, we argue that although differences exist across the Scandinavian countries, it is evident that they have managed to adopt and implement NPM-inspired reforms without dismantling their universal welfare services and strong traditions of collective bargaining in the public sector. However, this restructuring is taking its toll on the work environment.
Translated title of the contributionUdfordring af skandinaviske arbejdsmarkedsrelationer : effekten af New Public Management reformer
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)2295–2310
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ID: 33803778