Pekka Leviäkangas, Addressing sustainability or following political climate Rhetoric? Anatomy of government Agency’s performance management, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2021, Pages 191-199, ISSN 2213-624X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2020.12.002
Addressing sustainability or following political climate rhetoric? : anatomy of government agency’s performance management
1University of Oulu, Finland
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|Publish Date:|| 2021-04-15
This paper examines how environmental sustainability is addressed, acted on, measured and communicated by the performance management system of a government agency. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) is the researched object, the activities and services of which cover a wide range of environmental sustainability goals set at different levels. The goals originate from international agreements, national strategies, performance agreements between the agency and the governing ministry, as well as from in-agency strategies and managerial planning. The results of the case research suggest that, instead of balanced and holistic addressing the different environmental sustainability dimensions, the agency’s portfolio of activities focused on climate change. More extensive sustainability goals did not trickle down to action or performance measurement metrics, but topical political discussions and pressures had narrowed the scope down. The analysis concludes with suggestions on how the existing performance management systems could be improved in the future.
Case studies on transport policy
|Pages:||191 - 199|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
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212 Civil and construction engineering
222 Other engineering and technologies
The original work was supported by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.
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