How do politicians shape and use budgets to govern public sector organizations? A position-practice approach

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jean Claude Mutiganda
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Public Money and Management
Volume number: 36
Issue number: 7
Start page: 491
End page: 498


This paper examines politicians’ 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 ‘ceremonial’ tool of political governance, as medical professionals concentrate on delivering healthcare services.

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