Public administration as a success factor


Finland's objective is that its public administration will continue to be a shining example of the reforming Nordic model in which a well-functioning and cost-effective administration is a national success factor. As part of the public sector, central government is able to secure sustainable development of the national economy and the wellbeing of its citizens. With strategic skills and proactive management, Finland will be successful in international competition.

Public administration is built on a strong common set of values, emphasising both traditional and good governance principles and the requirements of professional management. The specific characteristics of public administration are closely linked to political guidelines and the regulation of public finances, legislation and demand for publicity.

The basis for public administration lies in the government's social targets, and the citizens and customers. Trust and collaboration are important resources, with collaboration supported by Group-like, cross-administrative processes and operating practices. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without taking into account the specific characteristic of public administration and learning from the management practices of other sectors.

The objective of Juha Sipilä's government's key project relating to government administration is to improve information-based management and implementation across administrative branches. with specific emphasis on digital issues. The government's operational action plan contains the following actions and reforms:

  • A study will be conducted on the functioning of a uniform government model in Finland.
  • The ministries' management systems will be changed in an attempt to clarify and unify their management models and practices to emphasise cross-administrative functions and the implementation and proactiveness of the government and ministries.
  • The implementation capacity of a uniform central government is improved by looking into the possibilities of group-like operations with regard to personnel management.
  • The government's objective in terms of central government is that all ministries will make management agreements for the senior management, including the ministries' permanent secretaries.
  • The government's target is that agencies' service promises will be agreed upon as part of the agencies' performance negotiations. The Ministry of Finance has instructed the ministries dealing with the definition and implementation of service promises.

The Ministry of Finance models and supports management reform in central government. This work is based on a vision of good, holistic operational management, the key elements of which are the administration's implementation and service capacity, exemplary personnel management, realisation of good governance and bold change management.