Søren Kjær Foged defends his PhD thesis at the Department of Political Science – University of Copenhagen

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Søren Kjær Foged defends his PhD thesis at the Department of Political Science

Søren Kjær FogedCandidate

Søren Kjær Foged


"Public Budgeting in Times of Fiscal Stress: Advocates, controllers, priority-setters and the use of private suppliers in Danish municipalities".
The defense will be held in Danish. 
The thesis is available as an e-book via Academic books.

Time and venue

Friday 24 November, 2017 at 14:00 at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Health and Society, Department of Political Science, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., room 4.2.26. Kindly note that the defence will start precisely at 14:00.

Assessment committee

  • Associate professor Gunnar Gjelstrup, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Jens Blom-Hansen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
  • Associate professor Jostein Askim, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway


How does fiscal stress affect budgeting and spending policies of a political system? This question, so fundamental to the study of political science, is the topic of this thesis. The question is answered by an in-depth study of Danish municipalities under the recent economic downturn. In total, the thesis contains 9 independent articles and a summarizing dissertation report.

A main argument cutting across the different parts of the thesis is that an increase in fiscal stress benefits two types of coalitions involved in the budget process, namely the controllers and the priority-setters, while the coalition of spending advocates is weakened. Furthermore, the strengthening of controllers and priority-setters over spending advocates is found to influence the budgetary institutions and the budget output. Thus, the thesis identifies a centralization of the budget institutions and a budget output more in line with the preferences of the controllers and the priority-setters.

Finally, the thesis deals with one of the tools most often mentioned as a way to mitigate fiscal stress, the use of private suppliers. In particular, the thesis investigates the drivers behind Danish municipalities’ use of private suppliers, including the influence of fiscal stress.
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