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Public Corruption in Swedish Municipalities: Trouble Looming on the Horizon
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. statsvetenskap.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (statsvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4385-5642
2008 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 1743-9388, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 595-608Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the 1990s, several public corruption scandals were uncovered in Sweden. This article focuses specifically on local corruption, and our purpose is to examine whether a case can be made that problems of public corruption in Swedish municipalities have increased. By applying instruments from the institutional rational choice framework, we reach the conclusion that there are indeed reasons to suspect that retrenchment initiatives and organisational reforms over the last two decades, often labelled 'new public management', have increased the risk of corruption. Although hard empirical data do not yet exist, the suspicion that public corruption in Swedish municipalities may have become an increasing problem cannot be disregarded. Hence, we conclude by calling for further empirical research in this field.

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Routledge , 2008. Vol. 34, no 5, p. 595-608
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3640DOI: 10.1080/03003930802413780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3640DiVA, id: diva2:203596
Available from: 2008-11-19 Created: 2008-11-19 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved

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