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A Comparative Study of Denmark and New Zealand's National Health Targets

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This paper investigates the influence of nationally imposed health targets on current management control practices in New Zealand and Denmark. It reveals how variants of New Public Management (NPM), arising from specific historical socio-political contexts, rise to the challenge of national differences. The study finds that both nations are challenged to ensure data registration procedures produce valid and comparable performance measures. Denmark’s reliance on a single efficiency measure of health sector performance reflects a historic socio-political context that reduces the feasibility of additional measures whereas New Zealand’s context enables the government to impose a more extensive range of health targets.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Pages (from-to)237-252
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Denmark, New Zealand, comparative health care, hospitals, management control practices, performance measures

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