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  • 1.
    Andersson, Catrin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Erlandsson, Magnus
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Marknadsstaten2014In: Alla dessa marknader: RJ:s årsbok 2014/2015 / [ed] Jenny Björkman, Björn Fjæstad, Susanna Alexius, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2014, p. 37-50Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Andersson, Catrin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Erlandsson, Magnus
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Marknadsstaten: om vad den svenska staten gör med marknaderna - och marknaderna med staten2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under de senaste decennierna har många verksamheter förts över från stat och kommun till företag som agerar på marknader. Men den svenska staten är fortfarande djupt engagerad i marknaderna. Den har utvecklat en särskild marknadspolitik och en fjärdedel av de statliga myndigheterna har som huvuduppgift att organisera marknader. Samtidigt är marknadspolitiken abstrakt och svårfångad, och myndigheterna arbetar främst med mjuka och otydliga påverkansmetoder. Trots alla insatser finns det en utbredd tro på att marknader fungerar bäst om de lämnas ifred. Statens politik ger utrymme för andra att utöva makt. Genom djupstudier av olika marknader åskådliggör boken hur myndigheterna samarbetar med säljarna och hur säljarna får en stark position. Boken riktar sig till alla som är intresserade av den moderna statens omvandling: lärare och forskare vid universitet och högskolor, politiker, tjänstemän i stat och näringsliv och den samhällsintresserade medborgaren.

  • 3. Bengt, Jacobsson
    et al.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Från hemvävd till invävd: Europeiseringen av svensk förvaltning och politik2006Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Sveriges EU-medlemskap har radikalt förändrat villkoren för den nationella politiken. Staten är i dag djupt invävd i det europeiska. Sverige, liksom andra stater, blir mer än tidigare regelföljare i en europeisk (och global) omvärld. EU sätter i hög grad dagordningen för svensk politik samtidigt som den organiserar om i förvaltningen. Allt detta betyder inte att det nationella handlingsutrymmet har försvunnit, men svenska politiker får i högre grad än tidigare ta ansvar för sådant som de har haft små möjligheter att påverka.

    Villkoren för styrning och organisering förändras. Det blir svårare att hålla ihop staten och det blir svårare att styra dagordningen. Ansvariga ministrar och myndigheter har dock länge tonat ner EU-medlemskapets betydelse och menat att hävdvunna sätt att styra och reglera kan bestå. Men så är det inte. Utifrån en rad empiriska studier hävdas i den här boken att det behövs ett nytänkande och en vitaliserad diskussion om hur den svenska staten påverkas av EU-medlemskapet, vilket handlingsutrymme våra folkvalda politiker har, och hur den i EU (och i världen) invävda staten kan organiseras och styras. I boken lämnas ett bidrag till en sådan diskussion.

  • 4.
    Brunsson, Nils
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Alexius, Susanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Andersson, Catrin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Aspers, Patrik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Garsten, Christina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Erlandsson, Magnus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Strandqvist, Kristoffer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Att organisera marknader: Slutrapport från ett forskningsprogram2015Report (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Dahl, Matilda
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Tamm Hallström, Kristina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Organizing for trust: Analyzing markets as partially organized2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6. Ivarsson Westerberg, Anders
    et al.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den anonyma förvaltningspolitiken2014In: Syns inte men finns ändå...: Ett seminarium om förvaltningspolitik / [ed] Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Göran Sundström, Huddinge: Södertörns Högskola, 2014, p. 7-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7. Ivarsson Westerberg, Anders
    et al.
    Sundström, GöranStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Syns inte men finns ändå...: Ett seminarium om förvaltningspolitik2014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 8. Jacobsson, Bengt
    et al.
    Sundström, GöranStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    En modern myndighet: Trafikverket som ett förvaltningspolitiskt mikrokosmos2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 9. Jacobsson, Bengt
    et al.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ett förvaltningspolitiskt mikrokosmos2017In: En modern myndighet: Trafikverket som ett förvaltningspolitiskt mikrokosmos / [ed] Bengt Jacobsson, Göran Sundström, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, p. 15-30Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10. Jacobsson, Bengt
    et al.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Governing the state2016In: The Oxford handbook of Swedish politics / [ed] Jon Pierre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 347-361Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In modern democracies, demands put on governments to govern are high. However, the governing of states has proven difficult. The difficulties can be explained by the fact that modern states possess a complexity unparalleled in any other organization. Ambiguity, conflicting interests, compromises and the risk of overload reveal governments as everything but those rational, co-ordinated and problem-solving entities that they routinely are presented as. However, this does not mean that states are ungovernable. Governments are often able to govern state activities, but they do it in other ways than those implied by contemporary management models with their hierarchical, top down-oriented, command-and-control methods. Based on a multitude of empirical studies in Sweden this chapter discusses six strategies that the Swedish government uses when governing state agencies: creating formal organizations, positioning, fostering competition, distancing, forming communication channels and storytelling.​

  • 11. Madestam, Jenny
    et al.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Bergström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Public or Private – Does It Matter? How School Leaders in Public and Private Schools Perceive Their Roles2018In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 129-152Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article takes its stand in an international discussion about how NPM reforms affect public servants’ notions about core public values. More specifically, it analyses how school leaders relate to the values of political control, rule of law, economic efficiency, professionalism and users’ influence. It raises the question whether it matters, in terms of how they embrace these values, their organisation beeing public or private. 975 school leaders (481 working for public schools and 472 for private schools) have completed a written questionnaire containing 15 postulations linked to the five core values. The study’s main finding is that the differences between the two categories of school leaders are quite small although differences exist. The similarities could reflect a development in recent decades where private schools have undergone politicisation and public schools companyisation. The study indicates that school leaders on both sides try to defend all values simultaneously, in some way. Furthermore, when trying to handle value conflicts they seem to avail themselves of other strategies than those connected to dominating models of rationality, which often conceptualise public actors’ response to value conflicts as a matterof balancing or striking trade-offs.

  • 12.
    Pierre, Jon
    et al.
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Sundström, GöranStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Samhällsstyrning i förändring2009Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Premfors, Rune
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Regeringskansliet2007Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Regeringskansliet är idag en debatterad organisation. Det är begripligt. Vi föreställer oss ju gärna att mycket makt finns samlad i kansliet; att det är här viljor och intressen hopas, och att det är härifrån styrsignaler skickas ut i förvaltningen om vilka förändringar som behöver ske i samhället. Olika uppmärksammade händelser, som mordet på Olof Palme, Estonias förlisning, Tsunamikatastrofen och flera rymningar från olika välbevakade kriminalvårdsanstalter, har också bidragit till att kansliets organisation och arbetssätt hamnat i blickpunkten inte bara hos utredare och forskare utan också hos media och allmänhet.

    Kritiken mot kansliet har också varit hård. Det har gång på gång framställts som fragmenterat (samordning och effektivitet hindras av ett utpräglat revirbeteende på snart sagt alla nivåer) som ostyrt (politikernas styrsignaler är alltför få och alltför otydliga) och som oordnat (det är oklart hur frågor hänger samman och vem som ansvarar för vad). Kritikerna har också föreslagit lösningar på dessa problem. Ofta har de stavats mer verksamhetsplanering, med fler och tydligare mål, tydligare regelverk för hur frågor hänger samman och hur de skall hanteras, fler arbetsgrupper för samordning och fler opolitiska chefstjänstemän som kan stå för ordning och kontinuitet. Reformarbetet har dock varit svagt förankrat i studier av praktiken. I begränsad utsträckning har empiriska kunskaper om hur det faktiskt ser ut, och framförallt varför det ser ut som det gör, legat till grund för diskussionerna om vad som är problem och hur de borde lösas. I stället har debatten präglats av ’eviga problem’, som skall avhjälpas med ’eviga lösningar’.

    Avsaknaden av breda systematiska studier av hur Regeringskansliet – detta huvud på samhällskroppen – fungerar som organisation är inte bara förvånande utan också besvärande. Vi får gå tillbaka 25-30 år i tiden för att hitta sådana studier. Och mycket har ju hänt sedan dess. Det övergripande syftet med denna bok – liksom med det större forskningsprogram som boken är en del av – är att öka kunskapen om Regeringskansliet, och att undersöka hur dess organisation och arbetssätt har förändrats under de senaste decennierna. Den så kallade governance-forskningen, som boken anknyter till, menar att olika breda samhällsförändringar, som internationaliseringen, medialiseringen och ekonomiseringen, har förändrat förutsättningarna för styrning och kontroll i staten. Idag talar vi mer om styrning genom nätverk än genom hierarkier, mer om styrning på distans än om direkt styrning, mer om att styra dagordningar än om att styra aktiviteter, och mer om att styra genom organisering än att omedelbart styra handlingar. Vad denna utveckling innebär för Regeringskansliet är en huvudfråga som diskuteras i boken.

  • 14.
    Soneryd, Linda
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Furusten, Staffan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Democratic Values and the Organizing of Actors in Governance Structures2010In: Organizing Democracy: the construction of agency in practice / [ed] Sundström, G, Soneryd, L & Furusten, S, London: Edvard Elgar , 2010, p. 131-146Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Adminsitrative reform2016In: The Oxford handbook of Swedish politics / [ed] Jon Pierre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 315-331Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter contains an analysis of Swedish administrative reform from the mid-1970s until today. It shows that Sweden has embraced most NPM ideas. Regarding management ideas Sweden was an early mover, whereas the neoliberal part of the NPM package took root quite late, from around 1990. In recent years Sweden has also embraced some ‘post-NPM’ ideas. The chapter shows that the development partly can be understood as rational problem solving. However, there are also observations supporting the argument that the development partly should be understood as rule-following and partly in terms of a path dependency. Regarding effects, critics argue that the reforms have brought about a more fragmented state, created a low-trust culture, made the pubic officials more silent, and generated paper work which precludes the agencies from carrying out their ordinary work.​

  • 16.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    De Gouvernement à Gouvernance: Le Cas de la Suède2011In: La Gouvernance, dispositifs et agents / [ed] L. Côté, Québec: Presses de L'Université du Québec, 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract
  • 17.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Ehn, Peter
    Haldén, Eva
    Demokrati och byråkrati2009 (ed. 2)Book (Other academic)
    Abstract
  • 18.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den ansvarstagande staten2016In: Den mångsidiga staten / [ed] Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Torbjörn Nilsson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, p. 77-83Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Den moderniserande staten2016In: Den mångsidiga staten / [ed] Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Torbjörn Nilsson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, p. 119-125Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Fångade i nätet? Om de skogliga sektorsmålens framväxt2009In: Samhällsstyrning i förändring / [ed] Jon Pierre, Göran Sundström, Malmö: Liber, 2009, p. 149-177Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    'He Who Decides': Swedish Social Democratic Governements from a Presidentialisation Perspective2009In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 143-170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using a presidentialisation perspective, this article investigates how the work of Swedish Social Democratic Governments has changed in recent decades. It examines whether the work of Government has become less collegial and more presidential, and also whether any such changes have taken place gradually or in the form of clear departures during recent years, which is in line with the presidentialisation thesis.

    The presidentialisation thesis gains only some support in the paper. The way the Swedish Government is composed and the way it works shows a considerable degree of inertia. However, some changes have occurred. These changes relate foremost to issues connected with the Government’s forms of working and less to issues connected to the way the Government is formed. The study also shows that some changes have occurred gradually while others have taken the form of departures. Thus, changes in the Government’s working forms have foremost occurred during the last decade. Regarding changes in forming the Government, the departures took place earlier. It is concluded that the changes can be explained both by short-term contingent factors, such as individual prime ministers’ leadership style, and more structural factors, especially the growing internationalisation and mediatisation of the state.

  • 22.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    In search of democracy: the process behind the Swedish forest-sector objectives2010In: Organizing democracy: the construction of agency in practice / [ed] Göran Sundström, Linda Soneryd and Staffan Furusten, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010, p. 79-93Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Litteraturgranskning av Erik Lundbergs avhandling A Pluralist State? Civil Society Organizations' Access to the Swedish Policy Process 1964-20092015In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, no 1, p. 106-114Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Management by Results: Its Origin and Development in the Case of the Swedish Case2006In: International Public Managament Journal, ISSN 1096-7494, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 399-428Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper discusses the origin and development of management by results in Swedish state administration. The historical presence and stability of this political institution is analysed. It is argued that it can be traced to program budgeting, which was introduced in the early 60s, and that the institution has been marked by a high degree of stability. An attempt is made to explain the constancy of the steering model. The question is brought to the fore by the fact that the learning process has failed in several respects. The course of events is explained from a historical-institutional perspective and different theories of bureaucratic power. It is asserted that different initial decisions made in connection to the introduction of PB created different positive feedbacks, which were to have stabilizing effects on the institution.

  • 25.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Management by results: its way from idea to dogma in the case of Sweden2007In: Strategic change management in the public sector: an EFMD European case book / [ed] Francesco Longo, Daniela Cristofoli, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2007, p. 233-264Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 26.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    När politiker styr med tillit2017In: Leda med tillit / [ed] Peter Örn, Stockholm: Idealistas förlag , 2017, p. 98-107Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Några reflektioner kring utvärdering av högre utbildning2013In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, no 4, p. 451-453Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Politik utan hemvist: utmaningar och utvecklingsbehov i förvaltningspolitiken2014In: Demokrati och förvaltning: en festskrift till Rune Premfors / [ed] Bengt Jacobsson & Göran Sundström, Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research , 2014, p. 83-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Relationer inom staten2001In: Europaveje: EU i de nordiska centralforvaltninger / [ed] Bengt Jacobsson, Per Laegreid och Ove K. Pedersen, Kobenhavn: Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, 2001, p. 137-158Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract
  • 30.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Seconded National Experts as Part of Early Mover Strategies in the European Union: The Case of Sweden2016In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, E-ISSN 1477-2280, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 133-147Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores in what ways and to what extent the Swedish state uses Swedish Seconded National Experts (SNE) as part of its early mover strategies. Early mover strategies are defined as policies and organizational arrangements aimed at ensuring that national preferences have an impact on the Commission’s agenda setting and proposals. The article draws on three organization perspectives – an instrumental, a cultural and a myth perspective – to increase the understanding of how states use SNEs as early mover tools. The article shows that Sweden’s early mover strategies linked to SNEs are poorly developed regarding both policies and organizational arrangements. It also shows that all three explanatory perspectives contribute to the understanding of this state of affairs.

  • 31.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Statstjänstemannarollen ur ett förvaltningspolitiskt perspektiv2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Sundström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Strategisk styrning bortom NPM2016In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 118, no 1, p. 145-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, the governing model used in the Swedish public sector – Management by Results – has become a subject of debate. While the government has argued that it must be replaced with a new model that gives the professionals increased status and autonomy, others have argued that it must be maintained in order to put high demands on public employees and prevent them from getting too much power. The debate gives the impression that there are only two ways to govern a modern administration: either through output-oriented instrumental hierarchy, where superiors at various levels hold their subordinates in short leashes through detailed steering and control systems, or through professional norms, where the superiors leave the subordinates alone and put their trust in that they act professionally and in the interest of the government and the public, even “when no one is looking”. This article widens the perception of governing and argues that a dimming of Management by Results does not have to lead to a situation where the administration becomes disconnected from the outside world and is left to “run its own race”. Based on current research within the field of meta-governance, and by using empirical examples from the Swedish central government, this article shows that the government possesses – and often uses – various governing strategies and control instruments to ensure that the administration can retain a high degree of orientation and adaptability, even in situations where the government is unable or unwilling to express its wishes and preferences as precise and consistent as the established steering model requires of them.

  • 33.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Bergström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Madestam, Jenny
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Privat eller offentligt - spelar det någon roll?2016In: Att leda mot skolans mål / [ed] Olof Johansson, Lars Svedberg, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016, 2, p. 65-84Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Bergström, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Madestam, Jenny
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Privat eller offentligt - spelar det någon roll?2013In: Att leda mot skolans mål / [ed] Olof Johansson, Lars Svedberg, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013, p. 47-66Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter analyzes if Swedish principals embrace a number of public core values differently depending on whether they are working for public or private schools. 371 principals (202 working for public schools and 148 for private schools) have completed a written questionnaire containing 15 postulations connected to five core values: political control, rule of law, economic efficiency, professionalism and users’ influence. The study’s main finding is that the differences between the two categories of principals are quite small. Discernible differences are expected, e.g. that principals in independent schools are a bit more prone than principals in public schools to letting pupils and parents influence school activities, and that principals in public schools seem a bit more inclined to interact and listen to politicians than principals in independent schools. The result implies that factors other than the type of organization – private or public – are more important for the way principals relate to public core values. For example, the comprehensive and detailed regulation of the Swedish educational system, or professional norms among principals, might explain the high degree of conformity.

  • 35.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Casula Vifell, Åsa
    Södertörns högskola.
    "Loin des yeux, loin de coeur": recrutement et trajectoires des fonctionnaires suédois dans l'Union européenne2010In: La fabrique des Européens: prosessus de socialisation et construction européenne / [ed] Hélène Michel, Cécile Robert, Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2010, p. 65-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Furusten, Staffan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Soneryd, Linda
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Democracy, Governance and the Problem of the Modern Actor2010In: Organizing Democracy: the construction of agency in practice, London: Edvard Elgar , 2010, p. 1-13Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Södertörns Högskola.
    Between autonomy and control: transformation of the Swedish administrative model2009In: Change and continuity in public sector organizations: essays in honour of Per Laegreid / [ed] Paul G. Roness and Harald Sætren, Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 2009, p. 103-126Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 38.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Demokrati och förvaltning: en festskrift till Rune Premfors2014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Södertörns högskola.
    Europa till vardags2000In: Kontinuitet och förnyelse: Europeisk integration och nordisk förvaltningsanpassning / [ed] Krister Ståhlberg, Kobenhavn: Nordisk ministerråd , 2000, p. 91-116Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    L'État intégré: de gouvernement à gouvernance : le cas de la Suède2006In: Télescope - Revue d'analyse comparée en administration publique, ISSN 1203-3294, E-ISSN 1929-3348, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 56-79Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 41.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Organizing for Audit2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Organizing for Scrutiny2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    The Europeanization of the Swedish state2016In: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics / [ed] Jon Pierre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 515-528Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Jacobsson, Bengt
    Pierre, Jon
    Governing the Embedded State: the Organizational Dimension of Governance2015Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Governing the Embedded State integrates governance theory with organization theory and examines how states address social complexity and international embeddedness. Drawing upon extensive empirical research on the Swedish government system, this volume describes a strategy of governance based in a metagovernance model of steering by designing institutional structures. This strategy is supplemented by micro-steering of administrative structures within the path dependencies put in place through metagovernance. Both of these strategies of steering rely on subtle methods of providing political guidance to the public service where norms of loyalty to the government characterize the relationship between politicians and civil servants. By drawing upon this research, the volume will explain how recent developments such as globalization, Europeanization, the expansion of managerial ideas, and the fragmentation of states, have influenced the state's capacity to govern. The result is an account of contemporary governance which shows the societal constraints on government but also the significance of close interaction and cooperation between the political leadership and the senior civil servants in addressing those constraints.

  • 45.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Lemne, Marja
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Bo Smith-utredningen betraktad från andra sidan bron2016In: Politica, ISSN 2246-042X, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 455-480Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I artikeln analyseras Bo Smith-utredningens problembeskrivningar och förslag till lösningar avseende statstjänstemännens rådgivning till politikerna utifrån ett svenskt perspektiv. Det konstateras att den typ av problem som utredningen diskuterar inte har varit framträdande i svensk debatt och forskning. I artikeln pekas på olikheter i de båda ländernas förvaltningstraditioner som kan förklara denna skillnad. För det första att de politiska ledningarna är större i Sverige än i Danmark, för det andra att det i Sverige finns krav på kollektivt beslutsfattande i regeringen medan det i Danmark råder ministerstyre, och för det tredje att de fristående myndigheterna och kommittéerna i Sverige har en klart uttalad roll att förse regeringen med beslutsunderlag medan styrelserna i Danmark inte deltar särskilt aktivt i rådgivningsarbetet till ministrarna.

  • 46.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Pierre, Jon
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Politikens roll i samhällsstyrningen2009In: Samhällsstyrning i förändring / [ed] Jon Pierre & Göran Sundström, Stockholm: Liber , 2009, p. 246-263Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Pierre, Jon
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Samhällsstyrning i förändring2009In: Samhällsstyrning i förändring, Stockholm: Liber, 2009, p. 7-31Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Premfors, Rune
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Vem håller i rodret - 30 år senare?2010In: En statsvetares olika sfärer: uppsatser kring politik och förvaltning tillägnad Daniel Tarschys: en vänbok till Daniel Tarschys den 23 augusti 2008 / [ed] Tommy Möller och Olof Ruin, Stockholm: Hjalmarson & Högberg , 2010, p. 79-99Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Sundström, Göran
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Soneryd, LindaStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).Furusten, StaffanStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
    Organizing democracy: the construction of agency in practice2010Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book adds an organizational perspective to the analysis of governance and democracy. It argues that a number of organizatiobal factors challange the notion of agency assumed by a governance model. The book criticizes the governance model for resting on the rational myth and the assumtion that democratic ideals can be translated to specific democratic values, which in turn can be adhered to by democratic agents. By adding an organizational perspective to th eanalysis of governance and democracy, th ebook proves that theories about organizing and the construction of agency can be used to explain how and why democratic values are attended to in governance structures.

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