Journal of Organizational Ethnography: Volume 4 Issue 2


Table of contents - Special Issue: Excursions in administrative ethnography

Guest Editors: Dr Karen Boll and Professor Roderick A.W. Rhodes

Street-level planning; the shifty nature of “local knowledge and practice”

Nina Holm Vohnsen

The purpose of this paper is to explore and problematizes one of the oft-cited reasons why the implementation of public policy and other development initiatives goes wrong …

Doing ethnography in a paranoid organization: an autoethnographic account

Sanne Frandsen

The purpose of this paper is to examine what we can learn from an autoethnographical approach about public administration. In this context it presents and discusses the advantages…

Becoming digital – passages to service in the digitized bureaucracy

Anja Svejgaard Pors

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of e-government reforms on street-level bureaucrats’ professionalism and relation to citizens, thus demonstrating how the…


Deciding on tax evasion – front line discretion and constraints

Karen Boll

– The purpose of this paper is to analyse everyday reasoning in public administration. This is done by focusing on front line tax inspectors’ decisions about tax evasion.

Focus groups and prime ministers’ chiefs of staff

Roderick A.W. Rhodes, Anne Tiernan

The purpose of this paper is to outline the current state of political and administrative ethnography in political science and public administration before suggesting that focus…

Who are we trying to impress?: Reflections on navigating political science, ethnography and interpretation

John Boswell, Jack Corbett

Turning laborious ethnographic research into stylized argumentative prose for academic consumption is a painstaking craft. The purpose of this paper is to revisit this perennial…

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