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Samarbetskanslierna - Vårtor på, länkar till eller delar av Regeringskansliet?: Om den demokratiska styrningskedjan och samarbetskansliernas organisering
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2005 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]


After years of various forms of cooperation between the government and various opposition parties, the Swedish parliamentary elections in 2002 resulted in a contact between the Social-democratic minority government, the Left Party, Vänsterpartiet, and the Green Party, Miljöpartiet de Gröna. The political issues included were specified in a 121 points programme, and the cooperation parties established two cooperation offices within the Swedish government administration. The cooperation offices consist of eight full time appointments as political advisors each.


There are several reasons to put attention to this developed form of contact parliamentarism. The cooperation offices constitute a new form of coordination between a government and its cooperation parties, which contrasts the norm. In addition, the cooperation offices change the organization of the government administration whereby important aspects of the highly institutionalized culture in the ministries can supposedly have been affected. Thirdly, it is of importance to the representative democracy if parties that are not in a government position, and therefore cannot be held responsible, turns out to have a great deal of influence and many possibilities to affect, or even set, the political agenda.


This paper describes how the cooperation offices are organised, and, secondly, discusses the consequences of the establishment of these offices for the government administration as such, but also for the parliamentary chain of governance as a whole.


The conclusion is that this form of developed contract parliamentarism can break the parliamentary chain in several ways. The contract has resulted in an increase of resources in terms of economy, information and informal contacts for the two cooperation parties. The cooperation offices have also given the Left Party and the Green Party increased knowledge and experience of the government administration. The contract has, in this sense, given the cooperation parties larger influence than perhaps can be justified by their representation in parliament.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms centrum för forskning om offentlig sektor , 2005. , 55 p.
, Score rapportserie, ISSN 1404-5052 ; 2005:3
Keyword [sv]
Regeringskansliet, samarbetskanslier, Socialdemokraterna, Vänsterpartiet, Miljöpartiet, kontraktsparliamentarism, regeringssamarbete
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27460ISBN: 91-89658-31-0OAI: diva2:214339
Regeringskansliet och samhällets organisering
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