Ready to serve? Structural reform, institutional quality, and welfare services in Swedish municipalities
Questions regarding the quality of welfare services are both important to many citizens, and a frequently
highlighted theme in Swedish political discourse. A parallel discussion concerns a longstanding and intense debate over how the public sector ought to be organized in order to maximize both quality and effectiveness. This project merges these questions by focusing on the importance of institutional quality—characterized by an effective and impartial bureaucracy, free from corruption; a crucial factor for human welfare according to social science research, which has yet only received limited attention within the discussion on Swedish welfare.