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A new comprehensive dataset "Politics, Institutions and Services in Swedish Municipalities", on 290 Swedish municipalities (1980-2015), is now released on our website:

This database consists of all the 290 Swedish municipalities between 1980 and 2015. The database contains, for example, information about the population in the municipality; information about welfare services, such as education and elder care; citizens satisfaction with services; election results; political organization; the municipal economy; and other information.

The data was originally assembled for the project "Out of Control or Over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management" (financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond through grant SGO14-1147:1).

The purpose of the project was to study the effects of NPM (New Public Management) reforms on public service delivery, corruption, government effectiveness, and more broadly human well-being. Although NPM is at least 25 years old, we have limited understanding about the effects of NPM. In particular, there has been a lack of quantitative studies with large-number sample sizes. This dataset provides within country variation in politics, institutions, socio-economic factors and services among other things, over four decades.

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