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Andersson, S. & Ekelund, H. (2024). The Bureaucratic Society: Public Governance and Its Challenges. In: Silander, Daniel (Ed.), Problems in Paradise?: Changes and Challenges to Swedish Democracy (pp. 49-66). Leeds: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Bureaucratic Society: Public Governance and Its Challenges
2024 (English)In: Problems in Paradise?: Changes and Challenges to Swedish Democracy / [ed] Silander, Daniel, Leeds: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2024, p. 49-66Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leeds: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2024
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-126861 (URN)10.1108/978-1-83753-508-820241004 (DOI)9781837535095 (ISBN)9781837535088 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-01-17 Created: 2024-01-17 Last updated: 2024-01-30Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. & Aylott, N. (2023). An Exceptional Case: Sweden and the Pandemic. In: Cafruny, A.W., Simona Talani, L. (Ed.), The Political Economy of Global Responses to COVID-19: (pp. 75-101). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Exceptional Case: Sweden and the Pandemic
2023 (English)In: The Political Economy of Global Responses to COVID-19 / [ed] Cafruny, A.W., Simona Talani, L., Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 75-101Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter has two aims. First, we describe the Swedish authorities’ management of the pandemic in 2020. Their approach deviated markedly from policies pursued in neighbouring countries, with respect to the authorities’ understanding of the virus; the measures adopted to counter the spread of the virus; the reliance on recommendations to citizens rather than legally binding instructions; and, most notably, the extensive delegation of policy-making by the government to a technocratic authority, the Public Health Agency. Second, we try to explain this policy deviation. We show that Swedish constitutional arrangements, with relatively autonomous, policy-delivering agencies, are a necessary but insufficient condition for explaining the outcome. Three additional conditions are needed: assertive leadership within the Public Health Agency; a weak and passive government; and citizens’ trust in public institutions, reflected in rallying around the flag and in supportive media coverage, all which cemented initial policy choices. © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Series
International Political Economy Series
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-123754 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-23914-4_5 (DOI)2-s2.0-85152082032 (Scopus ID)9783031239137 (ISBN)9783031239144 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-08-16 Created: 2023-08-16 Last updated: 2023-09-07Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. (2022). Corruption (1ed.). In: Farazmand, Ali (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance: (pp. 2645-2654). Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Corruption
2022 (English)In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance / [ed] Farazmand, Ali, Springer, 2022, 1, p. 2645-2654Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2022 Edition: 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-127754 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-66252-3_2354 (DOI)9783030662516 (ISBN)9783030662523 (ISBN)
Note

Bidrag i Encyklopedi

Available from: 2024-02-13 Created: 2024-02-13 Last updated: 2024-02-13Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S., Aylott, N. & Eriksson, J. (2022). Democracy and technocracy in Sweden's experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Political Science, 4, Article ID 832518.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Democracy and technocracy in Sweden's experience of the COVID-19 pandemic
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Political Science, E-ISSN 2673-3145, Vol. 4, article id 832518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden's management of the coronavirus pandemic, beginning in early 2020, has been much discussed because it deviated from other countries' equivalents. Set in the context of scholarly debate about the balance between politicians and experts in political decision-making, we argue that a necessary condition for this case of Swedish exceptionalism was the manner of policy-making adopted by the Swedish authorities. In this article, we describe this policy-making procedure, which involved a radical form of delegation by elected politicians to appointed experts, and seek to explain how it came about. We focus on the 1st year of the pandemic, and use media reports and other public documents, including parts of a public inquiry, as our empirical material.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2022
Keywords
pandemic, Sweden, policy, politics, expert, democracy, covid-19
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-112787 (URN)10.3389/fpos.2022.832518 (DOI)000994948400001 ()2-s2.0-85130699843 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-05-10 Created: 2022-05-10 Last updated: 2023-11-08Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. & Larue, T. (2022). Ethics Management in Swedish Political Parties. Public Integrity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethics Management in Swedish Political Parties
2022 (English)In: Public Integrity, ISSN 1099-9922, E-ISSN 1558-0989Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Political parties are indispensable actors in representative democracy. However, trust in parties has declined in many democracies. Ethics management is a potential mechanism for parties to keep or strengthen public trust. Previous research about how parties have developed internal ethics mechanisms to promote organisational integrity is scant. This article explores how Swedish parliamentary parties use ethical strategies to uphold standards of conduct for their members. Sweden is a high trust society, but its citizens perceive risks of corrupt influence as relevant. Amongst representative institutions, parties score the lowest levels of trust. Therefore, Swedish parties are interesting to study in order to understand how they uphold integrity standards and assure voters that they are ethical organisations. We show that parties increasingly use formal ethics guidelines to set integrity standards within their organisations and integrity pledges for candidates. Parties also use relatively well-developed monitoring instruments but reactively rather than proactively. Tools to enforce integrity are few and often concentrated on formal expulsion procedures, which are rarely used. Swedish parties have during the last 15 years incrementally developed their ethics management processes. It remains to be seen to what extent these changes will transcend formal rules and strengthen integrity in the long run.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2022
Keywords
Political parties, ethics management, integrity, values, rules
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-115190 (URN)10.1080/10999922.2022.2082153 (DOI)000814167000001 ()2-s2.0-85132707291 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-07-06 Created: 2022-07-06 Last updated: 2023-11-08
Andersson, S. & Ekelund, H. (2022). Promoting Ethics Management Strategies in the Public Sector: Rules, Values, and Inclusion in Sweden. Administration & Society, 54(6), 1089-1116
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Promoting Ethics Management Strategies in the Public Sector: Rules, Values, and Inclusion in Sweden
2022 (English)In: Administration & Society, ISSN 0095-3997, E-ISSN 1552-3039, Vol. 54, no 6, p. 1089-1116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies two Swedish organizations with key roles in the facilitation and promotion of ethics management vis-à-vis other public-sector organizations. The study offers insights into how organizations combine and prioritize ethics management measures, involve submanagement employees, and consider external stakeholders, in contexts of democratic governance and public concern about corruption. Our findings suggest that these types of bird’s-eye view organizations studied are important as they are in a position less prone to ad hoc scandal-driven responses. They can thus promote strategies that consider a combination of aspects and avoid a narrow rules-based focus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
ethics management, integrity, public organizations, public agencies
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-107668 (URN)10.1177/00953997211050306 (DOI)000711141600001 ()2-s2.0-85117761873 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-10-25 Created: 2021-10-25 Last updated: 2023-05-10Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. (2022). Storbritannien (3ed.). In: Thomas Denk;Carsten Anckar (Ed.), Komparativ politik: Elva politiska system (pp. 39-73). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Storbritannien
2022 (Swedish)In: Komparativ politik: Elva politiska system / [ed] Thomas Denk;Carsten Anckar, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2022, 3, p. 39-73Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Storbritanniens styrelseskick förknippas traditionellt med en kraftfull verkställande makt med få inbyggda kontrollmekanismer. Detta brukar benämnas majoritetsdemokrati (eller Westminstermodellen). Utmärkande för styret är en monark som statschef med ceremoniella uppgifter, sammansmältning av den lagstiftande och verkställande makten, parlamentarism som tillsammans med majoritetsvalsystem och tvåpartisystem skapar starka regeringar och territoriet organiserat som en enhetsstat. Konstitutionen brukar beskrivas som ”icke-skriven”, eftersom den inte är kodifierad i en samlad lag med särskild ställning. Flera av styrelseskickets särdrag har dock förändrats mot fler inslag av maktdelning: mellan central och subnationell nivå där folkvalda församlingar i Skottland, Wales och Nordirland över tid tilldelats ökade befogenheter och mellan institutioner, där regeringen och parlamentets traditionella suveränitet har påverkats. EU-utträdet 2020 framhävde ytterligare spänningar i maktdelningen mellan olika styrelsenivåer och ökad diskussion om, och i så fall under vilka former, den nuvarande statsbildningen som en union av ingående delar kan bestå.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2022 Edition: 3
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-112826 (URN)978-91-44-15253-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-05-12 Created: 2022-05-12 Last updated: 2022-06-09Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. & Ekelund, H. (2021). Ethics management in good governance settings: the case of Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The 2021 Annual Conference of the American Society for Public Administration. Panel: Values, ethics and integrity in 21st century public service. Online, 12 April.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethics management in good governance settings: the case of Sweden
2021 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-125203 (URN)
Conference
The 2021 Annual Conference of the American Society for Public Administration. Panel: Values, ethics and integrity in 21st century public service. Online, 12 April
Note

Ej belagd 20231108

Available from: 2023-10-18 Created: 2023-10-18 Last updated: 2023-11-08Bibliographically approved
Andersson, S. & Larue, T. (2021). Ethics Management in Swedish Parties. In: : . Paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 17-28 May 2021, online. Panel: Ethics Self-Regulation in Politics: Norms, Oversight and Enforcement (27 May, 2021).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethics Management in Swedish Parties
2021 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political parties are indispensable actors in representative democracy, conveying political will and enabling accountability in each link of the chain of democratic delegation: from voters to parliament, from parliament to cabinet, and from cabinet to public administration. However, trust in parties has declined even in many democracies and citizens view parties as deeply affected by corruption. Ethics management is a potential mechanism for parties who wish to keep, rebuild or even strengthen public trust for wielding power with integrity. Previous research points out that public organisations using ethics and integrity mechanisms tend to favour a compliance approach to ethics. However, these measures are often neither well thought through nor effectively enforced, potentially causing more harm than good with regards to integrity improvement. The literature argues for a combination of both compliance and values based instruments in order to achieve effective ethics management.Sweden is a high trust society but where, as in many other democracies, citizens see risks of corruption influence as a relevant problem. In particular, Swedish parties have the lowest levels of trust amongst all national institutions. Thus, parties must reflect on how to uphold integrity so as to both secure good internal governance and assure potential voters that they are ethical organisations. Sweden is thus an interesting case of how parties approach this challenge. In this paper we study how all Swedish parliamentary parties (eight) use various ethics strategies to uphold ethics and countervail risks for integrity violations. In particular we explore types of ethics management strategies they use (instruments, processes, and how they position in relation to the values-compliance distinction; and why these measures were introduced or changed). This is done by mapping measures such as party ethics codes, ethics training including dilemma workshops, candidate agreements, and disciplinary bodies. The study is focused on the parties’ national/central organisational level.

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Police Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-113641 (URN)
Conference
ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 17-28 May 2021, online. Panel: Ethics Self-Regulation in Politics: Norms, Oversight and Enforcement (27 May, 2021)
Note

Ej belagd 20220608

Available from: 2022-06-07 Created: 2022-06-07 Last updated: 2022-06-08Bibliographically approved
Martinsson, J. & Andersson, S. (2021). Tre nyanser av grått: En studie om hur män och kvinnor i Sverige ser på Gråzonssituationer i politiken. Surveyjournalen, 8(1), 2-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tre nyanser av grått: En studie om hur män och kvinnor i Sverige ser på Gråzonssituationer i politiken
2021 (Swedish)In: Surveyjournalen, E-ISSN 2001-9327, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 2-14Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Vad innebär korruption i en demokrati och hur problematiskt upplever allmänheten att korruption är? Tidigare forskning har argumenterat för att definitionen av korruption i etablerade demokratier bör utvidgas bortom mutor till att även inbegripa agerande och beteenden som enligt lagstiftning eller medborgarnas uppfattning inte lika tydligt är korrupt. I korruptionslitteraturen finns det en teoretisk diskussion om sådana gråzonssituationer, men den kan utvecklas och nyanseras genom att undersöka hur allmänheten ser på dessa situationer. Syftet med denna studie är därför att undersöka hur tre gråzonssituationer i politiken uppfattas i Sverige: lobbying av det politiska styret, politiker som kan anses sitta på dubbla stolar, samt stora ekonomiska bidrag från förmögna personer till politiska partier. Vi undersöker hur dessa gråzonssituationer uppfattas av män respektive kvinnor och tar därmed avstamp i den litteratur som har visat att uppfattningar om korruption i vissa fall skiljer sig åt mellan kvinnor och män. V åra resultat visar att mäns och kvinnors uppfattningar överensstämmer relativt väl när det kommer till frågor om lobbyism och i situationer där personer kan anses sitta på dubbla stolar, den situation som flest svarande uppfattade som oacceptabel, men att kvinnor tycker att stora ekonomiska bidrag till partier från enskilda personer är mer problematiskt än vad män gör.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University, 2021
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-119424 (URN)10.15626/sj.20210802 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-02-17 Created: 2023-02-17 Last updated: 2024-01-18Bibliographically approved
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