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Muddling through the Swedish Police Reform: Observations from a Neo-classical Standpoint on Bureaucracy

Journal article
Authors Micael Björk
Published in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
ISSN 1752-4512
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Links https://academic.oup.com/policing
https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay0...
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Abstract

This article discusses current police reform in Sweden, analysing recent events in light of tensions between rationalistic reform culture and more mundane work practices in policing. The analytical tool-kit consists of practice theory and the neo-classical theory of bureaucracy. The empirical material originates in ethnographic observations and semi-structured interviews from different regions in the new police organization in Sweden. Three themes are outlined: structural sanctification, job crafting, and resilience in work practices. At the end of the article, some reflections on shared leadership are presented, focusing on discretionary powers in police work.

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