Journal article
Only good fences keep good neighbors! The institutionalization of ministry-agency relationships at the science-policy nexus in German food safety policy



Publication Details
Authors:
Veit, S.; Korinek, R.
Publication year:
2015
Journal:
Public Administration
Pages range:
103-120
Journal acronym:
pa
Volume number:
93
Issue number:
1
eISSN:
1467-9299

Abstract
This article makes a further contribution to opening the ‘black box' of micropractices in ministry-agency relationships. We argue that the mechanisms that come into play in the course of institutionalizing agencification reforms - such as renegotiating mutual roles and rules in ministry-agency interactions - are only poorly covered in the existing literature. To adequately address the negotiated and contingent nature of de facto agency autonomy and political control, we develop an interpretive approach based on the concept of ‘boundary work'. The empiricalfocus is on ministry-agency interactions at the science-policy nexus in the contested policy field of food safety. By studying actors' stories about the institutionalization processes following the fundamental reorganization of the German food safety administration in the wake of the BSE crisis from a longitudinal perspective, we show how actors manage boundary conflicts via increasingly differentiated backstage coordination.


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