Mergers of Authorities in Central Government: Role Ambiguities and Blame-Avoidance

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Mergers of autonomous executive authorities in central government have become increasingly common, in particular in the Nordic countries. As compared to private sector mergers, the role of the principal (the central Government and its ministries) is more obscure in these mergers, this chapter argues. When problems arise in a merger, the ministry can take a step back and shift to a stakeholder position, while holding the agent responsible. Drawing on a case study, the consequences of these role ambiguities are explored. It is concluded that principal and agent risk losing citizen/client confidence when attempting to avoid blame instead of cooperating.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics and Business
  • Business Administration


  • mergers, agency mergers, blame-avoidance, public management
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMergers and Acquisitions: The Critical Role of Stakeholders
EditorsHelén Andersson, Virpi Havila, Fredrik Nilsson
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-53652-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch