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Government Programme as a Strategy—The Finnish Experience

by Jan-Erik Johanson 1,*,†, Elias Pekkola 1,† and Päivi Husman 2,†
1
School of Management, University of Tampere, 33100 Tampere, Finland
2
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, PB 40, 00251 Helsinki, Finland
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Aidan R. Vining
Adm. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci7020016
Received: 22 December 2016 / Revised: 17 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 24 May 2017
This article uses strategy metaphors consisting of a plan, a home and a game to study government programme formation in Finland. The strategy approach both contradicts and complements the traditional political science approach to government formation. The government programme has been strategic in the sense of separating the formulation and implementation parts of the strategy. The most important function of the metaphor of plan is to hold coalition parties together. The adopted austerity policy provides a meagre contribution to the expansion of services and the increase in government spending. Consequently, the home metaphor in the government programme appears in the distant future and in combating external threats. The game metaphor is apparent in the goal of making contracts with social partners. The vocabulary change from politics to strategy alters the government programme’s position in terms of catering to the needs of civil servants, citizens and stakeholders. The strategy perspective might be instrumental in shifting open democratic debates to closed and secretive policy formations. View Full-Text
Keywords: strategy; government; policy; government programme strategy; government; policy; government programme
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Johanson, J.-E.; Pekkola, E.; Husman, P. Government Programme as a Strategy—The Finnish Experience. Adm. Sci. 2017, 7, 16.

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