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Public Policy and Public Administration

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Department of Political Science

Short description

This research area is about the capacities of politically elected bodies – the Swedish parliament (Riksdag), and municipal and county councils – to exercise governance. For instance, research in this area might concern what role the structure of public administration plays, or what roles other institutions play, from a comparative perspective. Other questions concern the individual citizen’s relationships with the authorities and municipal or state government services; the creation, implementation and outcomes of public reform programmes; and the role of the regions in political governance.

The Public Administration and Public Policy Seminar (PAPP)

The Department of Political Science holds regular series of PAPP Seminars. The seminars are given by the Department’s own staff as well as invited guests.

For more information, please see the calendar on our website.


    Research group

    The latest publications


    Bauer, M, B. G. Peters, J. .Pierre and K. Yesilkagit (eds.) (2022). Democratic Backsliding and Public Administration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Pierre, Jon och B. Guy Peters (2021). Advanced Introduction to Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

    Cornell, Agnes, Jørgen Møller, and Svend-Erik Skaaning (2020). Democratic stability in an age of crisis: Reassessing the interwar period. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Pierre, J. and B. G. Peters (2020). Governance, Politics and the State (2nd. edn). London: Palgrave.

    Book chapter

    Dahlström, Carl and Victor Lapuente (2021). Bureaucracy and Quality of Government. In Monika Bauhr, Andreas Bågenholm, Marcia Grimes and Bo Rothstein (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Quality of Government. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Articles 2022

    Andersen, David and Agnes Cornell. (2022). Voting for Bureaucracy? Contestation, Suffrage, and Meritocracy. European Journal of Political Research.

    Cornell, Agnes and Marcia Grimes (2022). Brokering bureaucrats: How bureaucrats and civil society facilitate clientelism where parties are weak. Comparative Political Studies.

    Cornell, Agnes and Ted Svensson (2022). Colonial Origins of Modern Bureaucracy? India and the Professionalization of the British Civil Service. Governance.

    Dahlström, Carl and Victor Lapuente (2022). Comparative Bureaucratic Politics. Annual Review of Political Science 25: 43–63.

    Articles 2021

    Dahlström, Carl, Mihaly Fazekas, and David E. Lewis (2021). Partisan Procurement. Contracting with the United States Federal Government, 2003-2015. American Journal of Political Science 65(3): 652-669.

    Dahlström, Carl, Erik Lundberg and Kira Pronin (2021). No more political compromise? Swedish commissions of inquiry, 1990-2016. Scandinavian Political Studies, early view, June 7, 2021.

    Mörth, U. and J. Pierre (2021). Can anyone exercise the law? The discourse and practice of externalizing legal authority. Administration and Society.

    Pierre, J. and J. de Fine Licht (2021). Collaborative Gaming: When principals and agents agree to game the system. Public Administration.

    Articles 2020

    Broms, Rasmus, Carl Dahlström and Marina Nistotskaya (2020). Competition and Service Quality: Evidence from Swedish Residential Care Homes. Governance 33(3): 525-543.

    Cornell, Agnes, Carl Henrik Knutsen, and Jan Teorell (2020). Bureaucracy and Growth. Comparative Political Studies 53(14):2246-82.

    Cornell, Agnes and Anders Sundell (2020). Money matters: The role of public sector wages in corruption prevention. Public Administration 98(1):244–60.

    Lindvall, Johannes, Hanna Bäck, Carl Dahlström, Elin Naurin and Jan Teorell (2020). Sweden’s Parliamentary Democracy at 100. Parliamentary Affairs 73(3): 477–502.

    Nagel, M. and J. Pierre (2020). Putting the Peter Parker Principle into Practice: Vertical Policy (Non)Coordination on CO2 emissions reduction in Germany and Sweden. International Review of Public Policy 2:192-208.

    Peters, B. G. and J. Pierre (2020). A Typology of Populism: Understanding the Different Forms of Populism and Their Implications. Democratization 27:928-46.

    Peters, B. G. and J. Pierre (2020). From evaluation to auditing? From programs to institutions?: Causes and consequences of the decline of the program approach. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 33:585-97.

    Pierre, J. (2020). Nudges against pandemics: Sweden’s Covid-19 containment strategy in perspective. Policy and Society 39:478-93.

    Reports 2021

    Bauer, M., B. G. Peters and J. Pierre (2021). Pathways to administrative resilience: Public bureaucracies ruled by democratic backsliders as a transnational challenge. Policy Analysis paper series no. 2021/03. European University Institute: School of Transnational Governance.

    Broms, Rasmus, Carl Dahlström and Marina Nistotskaya. Provider Ownership and Service Quality: Evidence from Swedish Residential Care Homes. QoG Working Papers Series 2021:7. Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute.

    Dahlström, Carl and Johannes Lindvall (2021). Sverige og covid-19-krisen, appendix 4 in the report to the Danish Parliament Håndteringen af covid-19 i foråret 2020. Rapport afgivet af den af Folketingets Udvalg for Forretningsordenen nedsatte udredningsgruppe vedr. håndteringen af covid-19. Folketinget, January 2021.

    Nistotskaya, Marina, Stefan Dahlberg, Carl Dahlström, Aksel Sundström, Sofia Axelsson, Cem Mert Dalli and Natalia Alvarado Pachon (2021). The Quality of Government Expert Survey 2020. (Wave III): Report (pdf)QoG Working Papers Series 2021:2. Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute.

    Reports 2020

    Cornell, Agnes and Ted Svensson (2020). Imperial Diffusion of Bureaucratic Practices? Entrance Examinations to the Indian Civil Service and the British Civil Service." STANCE Working Paper Series 2020:6.

    Dahlström, Carl, Erik Lundberg and Kira Pronin (2020). Conflict-resolvers or tools of electoral struggle? Swedish commissions of inquiry 1990-2016. QoG Working Papers Series 2020:3. Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute.

    Book Review

    Carelli, Daniel (2020). Fritz Sager, Christian Rosser, Céline Mavrot, and Pascal Y. Hurni. A. Transatlantic History of Public Administration: Analyzing the USA, Germany and France. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2018). 224 Pp. $108 (hardback), ISBN: 9781788113748. Public Administration Review, 80(5), 902-04.