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Street-level Bureaucrats and New Modes of Governance: How conflicting roles affect the implementation of the Swiss Ordinance on Veterinary Medicinal Products


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 Veterinary Medicinal Products. Public Management Review, 16(4):481-502.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:new modes of governance, implementation, Street-level bureaucrats
Language:English
Date:May 2014
Deposited On:13 Nov 2014 13:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:30
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:1471-9037
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2013.841979
Official URL:http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=6&sid=790913d7-d48f-4d4c-9fbf-453411ab6871%40sessionmgr113&hid=102&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=buh&AN=95431227

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