Street-level bureaucrats and new modes of governance - How conflicting roles affect the implementation of the Swiss Ordinance on Verterinary Drugs

Sager, Fritz; Thomann, Eva; Zollinger, Christine; van der Heiden, Nico; Mavrot, Céline (2014). Street-level bureaucrats and new modes of governance - How conflicting roles affect the implementation of the Swiss Ordinance on Verterinary Drugs. Public Management Review, 16(4), pp. 481-502. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/14719037.2013.841979

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Lipsky’s seminal concept of street-level bureaucrats (SLBs) focuses on their role as public servants. However, in the course of new modes of governance, private actors have gained an additional role as implementation agents. We explore the logic of private SLBs during the implementation of the Swiss Ordinance on Veterinary Medicinal Products (OVMP) where veterinarians are simultaneously implementing agents, policy addressees, and professionals with economic interests. We argue that, because of contradictory reference systems, it is problematic for the output performance if an actor is simultaneously the target group of a policy and its implementing agent.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Sager, Fritz; Thomann, Eva; Zollinger, Christine; van der Heiden, Nico and Mavrot, Céline

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1471-9037

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Christen

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2014 11:46

Last Modified:

12 Jan 2015 23:00

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/14719037.2013.841979

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Street-level bureaucrats, new modes of governance, implementation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.41101

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/41101

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