Unternehmen Österreich? Wirkungsorientierung am Grat zwischen Technokratie und Demokratie [Austrian government as a business corporation? Outcome orientation on the borderline between technocracy and democracy]

Brandtner, Christof, Kinschner, Markus and Polzer, Tobias (2013) Unternehmen Österreich? Wirkungsorientierung am Grat zwischen Technokratie und Demokratie [Austrian government as a business corporation? Outcome orientation on the borderline between technocracy and democracy]. Momentum Quarterly - Zeitschrift für sozialen Fortschritt, 2 (4). pp. 208-230. ISSN 2226-5538

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Abstract

Public administrations are increasingly controlled via outputs and outcomes rather than by the traditional allocation of financial resources and staff. The Austrian Federal Budget Law Reform of 2013 also reflects this trend. Does the focus on the performance of public administration transform the democratic state into “Austria, Inc.”? According to the critics of management-inspired reforms in the public sector, democracy is threatened to degenerate to a post-democratic spectacle with technocratic forms of governance. In this context, the article discusses the public administration reforms that took place both globally and in Austria, and presents the concept of performance orientation. Next, the “quality of democracy” is operationalized in a six-dimensional analytical framework, based on which we critically discuss the political-democratic implications of outcome orientation. The paper concludes that the outcome orientation breaks with the logic of Weberian bureaucracy to some extent; the expected effects on the legal state and the possibility of decoupling and instrumental rationalization are outlined.

Item Type: Article
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Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Tobias Polzer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 14:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88832
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