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The Absurdity of Bureaucracy
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The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works

Nina Holm Vohnsen


The absurdity of bureaucracy offers an ethnographic portrayal of an attempt to make and implement evidence-based policy set in the Danish labour market system in 2009. It departs from the author’s puzzlement that the civil servants she met during her research would maintain a double stance towards their work; they were convinced they were in the process of constantly improving the welfare system while at the same time they found the outcome of their decisions and the system they constructed in the process deeply absurd. The main protagonist of the book is the randomized controlled trial Active ... More

Keywords: Policy-making, Bureaucracy, Implementation, Ethnography, Absurdity, Decision-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526101341
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526101341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina Holm Vohnsen, author
Aarhus University