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How do politicians shape and use budgets to govern public sector organizations?: A position-practice approach
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies, Business administration. Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.
2016 (English)In: Public Money & Management, ISSN 0954-0962, E-ISSN 1467-9302, Vol. 36, no 7, 491-498 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines politiciansᅵᅵᅵ influence on budgets in governing public sector organizations. Theoretical reasoning is based on the position-practice concept applied in structuration theory. Research took place in a hospital district in Finland from 2009 to 2015. The findings show that politicians set coercive budgetary policies, but there was no direct relationship between budgets and actual medical practices. As a result, the budget was simply a ᅵᅵᅵceremonialᅵᅵᅵ tool of political governance, as medical professionals concentrate on delivering healthcare services.

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2016. Vol. 36, no 7, 491-498 p.
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Budget; governance; healthcare; position-practice; structuration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22735DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1237133ISI: 000385389400006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988883595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22735DiVA: diva2:1045915
Available from: 2016-11-11 Created: 2016-11-11 Last updated: 2016-11-11Bibliographically approved

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