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Finland: Working Together to Sustain Success

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Finland’s traditional Nordic model is under pressure: A rapidly ageing society, the global economic crisis and growing societal disillusionment require the public administration to be strategically agile in order to maintain fiscal sustainability and to respond to a complex and rapidly changing environment. 

The government’s capacity to act in these difficult times will depend on the public administration’s ability to work together – across all of the public administration at the state and local level, and with society as a whole –  in order to sustain success and maintain its global position in the future.   

This report is the second in a series of OECD country reviews that look at governance and public management issues from a comprehensive perspective.  These reviews help countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives.  They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.

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Collective Commitment

Strategic insight enables governments to create a shared vision and policy agenda that takes into account current and future contexts and that draws from expertise and information from a wide variety of actors. However, in order to adapt to the changing and increasingly complex policy environment, governments need to build collective commitment among key stakeholders to coherently implement such a shared vision. Agreement and commitment to a common agenda also provide a framework allowing all societal actors to identify the subsidiary actions needed to realise the vision, and thus ensure that it comes to fruition.

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