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

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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.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)491–498
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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