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The Institutionalization of Performance Scrutiny Regimes and Beyond: The Case of Education and Elderly Care in Sweden

Chapter in book
Authors Stig Montin
Vicki Johansson
Lena Lindgren
Published in Koprić I., Wollman H., Marcou G. (Eds.) Evaluating reforms of local public and social services in Europe
Pages 97-114
ISBN 978-3-319-61090-0
Publisher Palgrave macmillan
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Public Administration
Pages 97-114
Language en
Subject categories Public Administration Studies


The chapter provides an overview of the institutionalisation of performance scrutiny regimes related to local government level in Sweden. The most important driving forces behind the development is analysed, and some effects with special focus on primary education and elderly care are highlighted. The intended effects can be observed, as well as a number of unintended effects such as less democratic control, de-professionalisation, and bureaucratisation, and even decreased trust. Some observed negative effects of performance scrutiny within education and elder care have recently been put on the central government’s agenda. However, it is an open question whether this new policy orientation will affect and change the performance scrutiny regime.

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