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Local marketization under the ‘new’ political governance in Sweden, 1980-2018

Conference contribution
Authors Ylva Norén Bretzer
Bengt Persson
Thomas B. Randrup
Published in NORKOM 2018, Aarhus
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Public Administration
Language en
Keywords Sweden, local government, marketization, governance, contracting out, parks and roads
Subject categories Public Administration Studies


This paper compares how the local public sector and the local markets have evolved from the 1980s up to 2018 at the municipal level in Sweden (2015; cf Montin 2000). The two examples of contracting out exercised are the organisational reforms in the municipal park and road sectors. Materials are primary data (INOPS 2015) combined with secondary data from previous scientific reports and governmental studies. The results are multifaceted. First, the market imitation has increasingly become the features of the local administrative level – but not to the expense of local government legitimacy. Second, the alternatives of management forms characterized the early period, while outcome and quality control dominated the more recent years. Third, for the local road sector, the level of external contracting has been stable throughout the period; while for the park sector we found an increase from 3 percent in 1987 to 28 percent in 2015. The general mimicking of the private sector seems to have kept local governance and legitimacy in line with the expectations of the Swedes.

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