The politics of government reorganizations: Evidence from 30 OECD countries, 1980–2014

Lanhee Ryu, M. Jae Moon, Jae jin Yang

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Revisiting the seminal study of March and Olson (1983), this article aimed to empirically test whether or not government reorganizations at the ministerial level can be better explained by political factors than administrative and functional rhetoric. Government reorganizations have often been understood as functional adaptations to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness, but little empirical research has been conducted on their political context. By analyzing pooled-time series data from 30 OECD countries from 1980–2014 taken from the Statesman's Yearbook, this article sought to examine whether changes in political power are associated with government reorganizations and whether their intensity is affected by the country's political system (parliamentarism or presidentialism), transitions of administrative power, and political cycles of the top executive's tenure. The results suggested that government reorganizations are more likely to occur in parliamentary systems, after transitions of political power, and at the beginning of the top executive's tenure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-951
Number of pages17
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/Award Numbers: NRF-2016S1A3A2923475, NRF-2017S1A3A2067636

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© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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