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Behind and beyond the standard(ization) trap: diversifying power sources by differentiating centralization and standardization

Lee, Junesoo

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Abstract

Standardization, often seen as a means to increase power through uniform working methods, has both benefits and drawbacks. Scholars and practitioners highlight the risk of a ‘standard(ization) trap’, where initial benefits lead to unforeseen costs. This study reviews literature and practices in standardization, identifying confusion between two power sources: substance power, concerning WHETHER to standardize, and decision-making power, dealing with WHO standardizes. It introduces a matrix differentiating these sources, offering insights into standardization methods. This matrix proposes four archetypes of standardization: centralized standardization, centralized de-standardization, decentralized standardization, and decentralized de-standardization. These archetypes offer theoretical and practical insights for addressing standardization challenges.

Issue Date
2024-03
Publisher
한국행정학회
Keywords(Author)
Standards; Standardization; Destandardization; Centralization; Decentralization
DOI
10.1080/12294659.2024.2310899
Journal Title
International Review of Public Administration
Start Page
1
End Page
19
ISSN
1229-4659
Language
English
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