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  • 1.
    Andersson, Staffan
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Bergh, AndreasLund University.Erlingsson, GissurLinköping University.Sjölin, MatsLinnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Korruption, maktmissbruk och legitimitet2010Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Andersson, Staffan
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Bergh, AndreasLund University ; Research Institute of Industrial Economics.Erlingsson, Gissur ÓLinköping University.Sjölin, MatsLinnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Korruption, maktmissbruk och legitimitet2014Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Andersson, Staffan
    et al.
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Sjölin, MatsVäxjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Arbetsgrupp: Offentlig korruption och politisk etik: Konferens: Nordic Political Science Association’s annual conference 20082008Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 4. Bergh, Andreas
    et al.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    Sjölin, Mats
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Egoism, grupplojalitet och korruption i svensk kommunalpolitik: Lärdomar från spelteori och experimentell samhällsvetenskap2009In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 111, no 4, p. 347-373Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Egoism, group loyalty and corruption in Swedish local politics: Lessons from game theory and experimental social science

    Recent advances in game theory and experimental social science provide insights for the study of corruption and abuse of power in local politics. We survey the evidence from theoretical and experimental research and illustrate findings and problems with two examples from a survey among local politicians and officials in Sweden. The most simplified theoretical models, such as the prisoner’s dilemma, fail to capture the distinction between group loyal behavior at different levels. There are several grey zones between pro-social behavior and corruption. These grey zones can be considered corruption danger zones. While Sweden is typically seen as a non-corrupt society, there are several situations where local politicians and officials must make choices in these corruption danger zones. Both formal institutions and informal norms influence these choices, and the views among politicians can vary substantially regarding what behavior is considered acceptable. Communication, openness and public debate can help the fight against corruption.

  • 5. Bergh, Andreas
    et al.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Andersson, Staffan
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    How Corrupt is a Non-Corrupt Society?: Evidence from a Survey of Local Political Elites in Sweden2008In: Canadian Political Science Association, 80th Annual Conference, 4-6 June 2008, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Bergh, Andreas
    et al.
    Lund university ; The Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    Linköping university.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Öhrvall, Richard
    Linköping University ; The Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    A Clean House?: Studies of Corruption in Sweden2016Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    According to virtually all international corruption rankings, Sweden is one of the top performing countries with very few exposed incidents of corruption. But does this automatically imply that it can be declared a perfectly ‘healthy patient’? By extensively reviewing existing research and adding empirical sets of data, the authors of A Clean House? shed light on shady corners of the Swedish case.

    What do we know about corruption in Sweden, and what can be said of such affairs over time? Four scholars of political science and economics describe how countries typically viewed as low-corruption states can have particular problems that should not be underestimated nor neglected. This is the first comprehensive study in English of corruption in a low-corruption, mature welfare state.

    By revealing causes, scope and consequences of the corruption in low-corruption countries, the authors point out shortcomings in the international evaluations of corruption, and suggest constructive reforms that might curb the types of corruption occurring in ”healthy” societies.

  • 7. Bergh, Andreas
    et al.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Öhrvall, Richard
    Allmän nytta eller egen vinning?: En ESO-rapport om korruption på svenska2013Report (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Enroth, Henrik
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Democracy and the Cartel Party2018In: Cartelisation,Convergence or Increasing Similarities?: Lessons from Parties in Parliament / [ed] Henrik Enroth & Magnus Hagevi, London: ECPR Press, 2018, 1, p. 189-204Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    et al.
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Andersson, Staffan
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Bergh, Andreas
    Hur korrupt är en icke-korrupt stat? Teoretiska förväntningar och lokala eliters subjektiva bedömningar.2008In: Uppsats presenterad vid NOPSA i Tromsö, 6-9 augusti 2008, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Sweden has traditionally been regarded as a country free from corruption. But since the 1990s several corruption scandals and critique of weak institutional control mechanisms have somewhat challenged this picture. The purpose of the paper is to: i) build a theoretical ground for the argument that corruption has increased in Swedish municipalities, and ii) explore if corruption is regarded as a substantial problem by senior members and officers in Swedish municipalities and if there is reason to believe that corruption has increased over time. The paper establishes that changes in the public sector, among else New Public Management reforms, have contributed to altered incentives for corruption, and indeed increased possibilities, for members and officers in municipalities. Empirical results from our survey of senior officers and members in all Swedish municipalities carried out in 2008 show that respondents do not consider corruption as widespread, which is true no matter whether respondents are asked about the situation in Swedish municipalities in general, activities and operations in the own municipality or own experiences of bribe attempts. But despite this respondents do perceive corruption as a substantial problem and judged from respondents’ own experiences one in 20 did experience corrupt offers. Finally, although it is not possible to establish conclusively, the paper discusses based on empirical findings whether corruption really is a widespread phenomenon and has increased over time.

  • 10.
    Erlingsson, Gissur Ólafur
    et al.
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. statsvetenskap.
    Bergh, Andreas
    Sjölin, Mats
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Public Corruption in Swedish Municipalities: Trouble Looming on the Horizon2008In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 1743-9388, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 595-608Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 11.
    Loxbo, Karl
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Parliamentary opposition on the wane?: The Case of Sweden, 1970–20142017In: Government and Opposition, ISSN 0017-257X, E-ISSN 1477-7053, Vol. 52, no 4, p. 587-613Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    While it is commonly assumed that parliamentary opposition is on the wane in Western democracies, we argue that evidence supporting this established proposition is lacking. Therefore, drawing on unique data from the Swedish parliament (the Riksdag), between 1970 and 2014, this article breaks new ground by systematically testing the ‘waning–of–opposition thesis’. First, we explore patterns of cross-partisan cooperation by gauging the extent to which governments seek to accommodate the position of the opposition. Second, we tap into the degree of partisan conflict over time by mapping the degree to which the opposition politicises and rejects government policies. Our findings directly contradict the waning–of–opposition thesis. In contrast to theoretical expectations, including the influential ‘cartel party thesis’, the article finds that partisan struggles in general have intensified significantly over time. Therefore, the article casts a serious shadow of doubt over the influential idea that parliamentary opposition is waning.

  • 12.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Party Goverment in Flux: Changing Conditions for Party Groups in the Swedish Riksdag2012In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 114, no 1, p. 119-127Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. Statsvetenskap.
    Politikerroll för en ny tid?2008In: Demokrati och makt: Vänbok till Lennart Lundquist, Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, Lund , 2008, p. 492-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Lunds universitet.
    Politisk etik2005Book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Sjölin, Mats
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Vad är korruption? Om korruption och politisk etik2010In: Korruption, maktmissbruk och legitimitet / [ed] Staffan Andersson, Andreas Bergh, Gissur Erlingsson, Mats Sjölin, Stockholm: Norstedts Förlag, 2010, p. 28-56Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Sjölin, Mats
    et al.
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Bergh, Andreas
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Erlingsson, Gissur
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Tillit och korruption i svenska kommuner2007In: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 109, no 2, p. 170-176Article in journal (Refereed)
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