EGPA edition:34 location:Bergen date:3-8 september 2012
Many OECD countries have disaggregated, under the banner of New Public Management (NPM) their large multi-objective government organisations into many specialized, semi-autonomous single-objective agencies (Verhoest et al, 2007). This specialization, but also fragmentation leads to a bigger challenge for governments to arrange tasks and actions of horizontal or government-wide policy programs in a manner that they are coherent and consistent. The study reported in this paper addresses a major cross-cutting policy program of the Flemish government (with a high degree of agencification), ‘Flanders in Action’ and its coordination dynamics. It offers insights in the challenges of managing long term horizontal policy projects.