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The Swedish Model of Public Administration: Separation of Powers, Swedish Style
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Administration and Governance, ISSN 1834-352X, Vol. 4, no 1, 38-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the so-called “Swedish Model” has received a great deal of attention in Asia. In this context, it is interesting to consider whether there is such a thing as a recognizable Swedish model, not the least when it comes to public administration. This article investigates Swedish structures of public administration with this aim, finding three characteristics that, in combination, distinguish it from most other systems. It argues that Swedish public administration is characterized by a high degree of openness and accountability, a higher degree of autonomy for civil servants than can be found almost anywhere else, and a far-reaching decentralization of political authority to regions and municipalities, the scope of which is unusual in unitary states. While not constituting an exhaustive depiction of Swedish public administration, these three features together arguably define a distinctive Swedish model of public administration.

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Melbourne, Australia: Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG) , 2010. Vol. 4, no 1, 38-46 p.
Keyword [en]
public administration, new public management, Scandinavian public administration, Swedish public administration, Swedish model, förvaltning, svensk förvaltning, den svenska modellen
National Category
Public Administration Studies Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science; statskunskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29029OAI: diva2:228738
Available from: 2009-08-05 Created: 2009-08-05 Last updated: 2010-10-19Bibliographically approved

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