Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future

WP7: Coordination after the crisis

The financial crisis in the public sector as an emerging coordination challenge


  • To combine the evidence and insights from WP 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 as it relates to financial pressure on the public sector amidst the global financial and economic crisis
  • To gain insights into the impact of the crisis on the central parameters of the research project (e.g. the application of NPM, fragmentation, social cohesion and emerging solutions and trends)
  • To assess how the financial crisis affects government’s managerial and policy making capacity, in particular concerning resource allocation
  • To consult with and interview key policy makers and experts, both within and outside the project’s academic and practitioner advisory board, and compile and evaluate innovative approaches to handle the crisis
  • To formulate policy recommendations with regard to successfully cope with the long-term consequences of the financial crisis

Work description

WP 7 will draw on findings from the other packages and will collect additional data. It consists of two stages.
The WP starts with a thorough review of WP1 findings and the NPM literature, as it relates to savings in the public sector in the 1980s-90s. This material will be supplemented with a number of interviews of key actors involved in these savings to draw lessons for current policy-making with regard to challenges, successes and limitations of different savings strategies and on the expected effects of such savings on public sector reforms and public service delivery.

Work package related output

Academic publications


Andrews, R., Jilke, S. & Van de Walle, S. (forthcoming): Economic Strain and Perceptions of Social Cohesion in Europe: Does Institutional Trust Matter? European Journal of Political Research, in press. open-access-version

Kickert, W., Randma-Liiv, T. & Savi, R. (forthcoming). Fiscal Consolidation in Europe: Comparative Analysis. International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Ongaro, E., Ferre, F. & Fattore, G. (forthcoming). The fiscal crisis in the health sector: Patterns of response by public managers across Europe. Health Policy.

Raudla, R., Savi R. & Randma-Liiv, T. (forthcoming). Cutback management literature in the 1970s and 1980s: Taking stock. International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Raudla, R., Randma-Liiv, T. & Savi, R. (forthcoming). Public sector financial and personnel management during cutbacks: looking back at the literature of the 1970s and 1980s. International Public Management Journal.

Raudla, R. & Tammel, K. (forthcoming). Creating Shared Service Centres for Public Sector Accounting. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal.

Savi, R. & Cepilovs, A. (forthcoming). The impact of crisis time central cutback strategies on public agencies: Comparing the cases of Estonia and Latvia. International Public Management Journal.

Savi, R. & Randma-Liiv, T. (forthcoming). Decision-making in time of crisis: cutback management in Estonia. International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Troupin, S., Stroobants, J. & Steen, T. (forthcoming). Fiscal Consolidation in Belgium. International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Van de Walle, S. & Jilke, S. (forthcoming). Savings in public services after the Crisis: A multilevel analysis of public preferences in the EU27. International Review of Administrative Sciencesopen-access-version


Randma-Liiv, T & Savi, R. (2014). Introduction to the Special Issue: The Impact of Fiscal Crisis on Public AdministrationHalduskultuur – Administrative Culture, 15 (1): 4-9.

Savi, R. (2014). Public Policy-Making in a Time of Cutbacks: The Role of the Street-Level Bureaucrats in Estonia. Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture, 15(1): 100-114.

Troupin, S., Stroobants, J. & Steen, T. (2014). De impact van de fiscale crisis op de federale overheid. Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement19(2): 51-68. open-access-version


Clifton, J. & Warner, M. (2013)Marketization, Public Services and the City: The Potential for Polanyian Counter Movements. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. open-access-version

Kickert, W. & Randma-Liiv T. (2013). Fiscal Consolidation in Europe: Effects on Administration. Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section in Comparative Politics, 23 (2): 15-16.


Kickert, W. (2012). State Responses to the Fiscal Crisis in Britian, Germany and the Netherlands. Public Management Review, 14(3): 299-309. open-access-version


Clifton, J., Díaz-Fuentes, D., Fernández-Gutiérrez, M. & Revuelta, J. (2011). Bringing Citizens Back. In P. Bance & L. Bernier (eds), Renewing Public Service RegulationContemporary Crisis and Renewal of Public Action. Bern: Peter Lang. open-access-version

Further academic publications can be accessed here.


COCOPS research reports, working papers and policy briefs

Literature Review on Cutback Management, COCOPS Research Report (2013, R. Raudla, R. Savi & T. Randma-Liiv).

Fiscal Consolidation in Europe: Comparative Analysis, COCOPS Research Report (2013, W. Kickert, T. Randma-Liiv & R. Savi).

The responses of European governments to the fiscal crisis, COCOPS Policy Brief 5 (2013, Riin Savi, Tiina Randma-Liiv & Walter Kickert).

Savings in Public Services after the Crisis: A Multilevel Analysis of Public Preferences in the EU27, COCOPS Working Paper No. 8 (2012, Van de Walle, Steven & Jilke, Sebastian).

Work package leader

Tiina Randma
Tallinn University of Technology
Institute of Public Administration

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