OECD Public Governance Reviews - Finland: Working Together to Sustain Success



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9 Sep 2010

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Working Together to Sustain Success

Finland’s traditional Nordic model is under pressure. A rapidly ageing society, the global economic crisis and growing societal disillusionment require the public administration to be strategically agile in order to maintain fiscal sustainability and to respond to a complex and rapidly changing environment.


The government’s capacity to act in these difficult times will depend on the public administration’s ability to work together – across all of the public administration at the state and local level, and with society as a whole –  in order to sustain success and maintain its global position in the future.  


Review series

This is the second book in the series of public governance reivews. These reviews will help countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives. They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.


  Key messages


Focus on horizontality

In undertaking a comprehensive public governance review of Finland, the OECD analysed the operation of the Finnish public administration, with a particular focus on horizontality within the public administration, the relationships between levels of government and with citizens and businesses, innovation and quality of public service delivery, and the impact of information society policy on e-Government.


On a sound trajectory of modernisation

Some of the Finnish reform efforts will need to be strengthened and their coherence improved in order to achieve an overall vision. In the Finnish context, achieving such a vision involves reinforcing Finland’s e-Government strategy and governance framework and building a new relationship among the state, local authorities, civil society organisations and businesses.


Consensus needed among all stakeholders

It requires more coherent service delivery, improved planning and foresight capacity from a whole-of-government perspective, stronger horizontal linkages across state government and reinforced capacity and leadership at all levels of government to better communicate and implement a common vision. The realisation of this vision also requires developing a consensus among all stakeholders – government, citizens, unions, business, and civil society – on overall objectives and goals for Finland, and collective responsibility for achieving these objectives. This can be accomplished through a transparent and interactive process of engagement with reinforced leadership and strengthened steering capacity.



  Executive Summary



  Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Main Assessment
  • Sustainability of the Nordic model: The Role of the State
  • Governance Arrangements
  • Strategic Insight
  • Collective Commitment
  • Resource Flexibility
  • Basic Services Case Study
  • E-Government Case Study
  • Annex A. Accompanying Economic Figures and Tables for Chapter 2
  • Annex B. Management and Consultation


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