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Beyond NPM? Discretionary power within the Swedish police

Research project
Active research
Project size
3 470 000
Project period
2017 - 2020
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Forte: The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Short description

This project engages in public reforms aiming to reach beyond negative consequences of new public management (NPM), by strengthening professional autonomy and discretionary power. One concrete case of such a reform is in focus, namely the new police authority in Sweden. This is a case in which police officers have been explicitly encouraged to rely on their professional discretion. Nevertheless, they also have to follow central regulations, and the question is if and how they manage to organize legitimate, or ”policeable” local practices, with discretion.
Paradoxically, there is a lack of previous research about professional discretion within such “post-NPM”-reforms. Aiming to fill this gap we collect our data at three strategically chosen parts of the local police practice in Sweden.