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  • 1.
    Andersen, Jon Aarum
    Faculty of Social Sciences, Lillehammer University College, Lillehammer, Norway.
    Assessing Public Managers' Change-Oriented Behavior: Are Private Managers Caught in the Doldrums?2010In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 335-345Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents a concept and a measurement of managers' change-oriented behavior related to the initiation and implementation organizational change. It is argued that managers have an optimal potential for achieving organizational changes if they have the change-centered leadership style, are intuitive, recognize demands for change, and have power-motivated behavior. Public and private managers are significantly different in relation to change-oriented behavior based on data from 343 managers in two public organizations and one private. One result was unexpected: public managers are more change-oriented than managers in business organizations. As expected, there is no significant difference in change-oriented behavior among managers in public agencies. Possible explanations for these outcomes are presented.

  • 2.
    Hysing, Erik
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    How Public Officials Gain Policy Influence – Lessons from Local Government in Sweden2014In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 129-139Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    That public officials influence public policy is generally agreed upon, but the issue of how individual officials gain this influence is less developed in the literature. Here, the stories and experiences of ten officials, active in local environmental governing in Sweden, are used to identify, describe, and discuss key strategies for gaining policy influence. The result shows the importance of accessing key politicians; avoiding isolation within the administration; developing long-term strategies; and being skilled in communication, networking, and generating external resources. The way these officials act and think challenges some well-established theoretical notions and adds empirical insights to the democratic dilemma of bureaucratic power.

  • 3.
    Lidskog, Rolf
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Persson, Monika
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Community safety policies in Sweden: a policy change in crime control strategies?2012In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 35, no 5, p. 293-302Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Internationally, there has been a general trend towards crime prevention and community safety measures. The main policy ideas and instruments associated with this trend have spread widely in Western countries. This article examines the Swedish national crime prevention policy. As Sweden is a welfare society with a long tradition of social crime prevention, it is of great interest to explore to what extent the aforementioned trend has influenced its crime prevention policy. We do this by examining Sweden’s national policy and how its concepts have spread to the local level—specifically, to municipalities and their local crime prevention councils. We find that there has been a preventive shift in Sweden, although not as far-reaching as in many other European countries. Substantial changes have occurred in the understanding and direction of crime prevention work, and the question is to what extent this development will continue.

  • 4.
    Linde, Jonas
    et al.
    University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
    Karlsson, Martin
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    The dictator’s new clothes: the relationship between e-participation and quality of government in non-democratic regimes2013In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 269-281Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is often assumed that the development of e-participation and e-government initiatives aimed at stimulating citizen participation in the political process and fostering more efficient governmental services harbours a great potential for improved control of corruption and government performance. Thus, e-participation is often argued to be an efficient instrument for increasing transparency and quality of government in non-democratic and developmental countries. However, this article argues that these assumptions should be questioned on both empirical and methodological grounds. The results of the empirical time-series cross-section analyses show that positive development in terms of e-participation in non-democratic countries does not lead to corresponding positive effects in terms of control of corruption and quality of government. Rather, in many cases the Internet offers political elites new opportunities in their quest for remaining in power.

  • 5.
    Lundberg, Erik
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Injured But Not Yet Dead: A Bottom-Up Perspective on the Swedish Governmental Commissions2015In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 38, no 5, p. 346-354Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyzes the recurrent “erosion thesis” in the governance literature, arguing that bureaucratic or procedural public-sector institutions have come to play a less significant role in public-policy formation. Evidence from the Swedish policy-making institutions referred to as “governmental commissions” and adoption of the perspective of interest organizations support the claim. Using various theories of institutional change, I show that increased government control has reduced the influence of governmental commissions on policy, but not eliminated the belief held by interest organizations that the commissions are legitimate institutions.

  • 6.
    Lundberg, Erik
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Is Bureaucratic Policy-Making Eroding Institutions?: A Bottom-up Perspective on the Swedish Governmental CommissionsIn: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyzes the recurrent “erosion thesis” in the governance literature  arguing  that  bureaucratic  or  procedural government institutions have come to play a less significant role in the formation of  public  policy.  This  article  supports  these  claims  by  drawing evidence  from  the  Swedish  and  neo-corporatist  policy-making institutions  referred  to  as  the ‘governmental  commissions’  and  the perspective  of  interest  organizations.  Using  various  theories  on institutional change I show that increasing government steering has reduced  the  role  of  the  governmental  commissions  in  influencing policy, but has not eliminated interest organizations’ belief that they are  legitimate  institutions.  The  resulting  article concludes  that although the governmental commissions have eroded, the capability of the state to steer or govern society has not necessarily declined.

  • 7.
    Åström, Joachim
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Jonsson, Magnus
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Karlsson, Martin
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    Democratic Innovations: Reinforcing or changing perceptions of trust?2017In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 40, no 7, p. 575-587Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Declining trust in representative institutions is considered one of the most significant political problems of our time. It is often suggested that democratic innovations—or mechanisms which aim to increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process—can help reverse this trend. However, empirical research about actual effects of participation on trust is scarce, and weakened by causality problems. With survey data representing 1,470 participants in a landmark Swedish e-petition system, the article shows that both generalized attitudes and process evaluations matter in how trust is affected by democratic innovations.

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