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JO och tjänstemännen: En laghistorisk studie
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (juridik och rättsvetenskap i socialt arbete)
2003 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this project is to study the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman Institution (JO) and its supervision of civil servants in the 20th century. Liability for misuse of office, the obedience obligation and the shaping of the principle of independence will also be considered. The study proceeds from a jurisprudential framework and is based on a legal dogmatic approach, although statistical information and other materials from the social sciences are also included. The findings of the study are as follows. The abolition of criminal liability for misuse of office in the mid-1970s resulted in a termination of the relationship which originally existed between civil servants’ authority under the principle of independence on the one hand, and their liability for service irregularities on the other. As a result, this reform entailed a pervasive change in one of the mainstays of the Swedish administrative model. The change was however of marginal importance to the activities of the JO, since a small and extraordinary office cannot effectively enforce legality and civil rights within a large public sector by initiating proceedings and demanding liability for committed errors. During the latter part of the 20th century, the JO thus evolved from having been a prosecutor who ensured that civil servants did not neglect their official duties into serving as a source of preventive guidance for government and municipal agencies. The question of how congruence is to be achieved between the civil servants’ liability for service irregularities and the powers of public authority is however, given the findings of this study, still largely unanswered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Iustus , 2003, 500. , 453 p.
, skrifter från juridiska fakulteten i Uppsala, ISSN 0282-2040 ; 93
Keyword [en]
civil service law, civil servant, misuse of office, official duty, Ombudsman, Parliamentary Ombudsman, service irregularity, Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman.
National Category
Law (excluding Law and Society)
Research subject
Legal Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31771ISBN: 91-7678-537-8OAI: diva2:278510
Available from: 2009-11-26 Created: 2009-11-26 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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