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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,

Addressing sustainability or following political climate rhetoric? : anatomy of government agency’s performance management

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Author: Leviäkangas, Pekka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
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.

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Series: Case studies on transport policy
ISSN: 2213-624X
ISSN-E: 2213-6258
ISSN-L: 2213-624X
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 191 - 199
DOI: 10.1016/j.cstp.2020.12.002
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 212 Civil and construction engineering
222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: The original work was supported by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.
Copyright information: © 2020 World Conference on Transport Research Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license.