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Politics, Institutions and Services in Swedish Municipalities

This dataset consists of all the 290 Swedish municipalities between 1980 and 2015. The dataset contains, for example, information about the population in the municipality; information about welfare services, such as education and elder care; citizens satisfaction with services; election results; political organization; the municipal economy; and other information.


When using this dataset, make sure to cite:

Dahlström, Carl & Maria Tyrberg (2016). Politics, Institutions and Services in Swedish Municipalities, 1980-2015, version 01April2016. University of Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute, https://www.gu.se/en/quality-government

The data was originally assembled for the project "Out of Control or Over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management" (financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond through grant SGO14-1147:1).

The purpose of the project was to study the effects of NPM (New Public Management) reforms on public service delivery, corruption, government effectiveness, and more broadly human well-being. Although NPM is at least 25 years old, we have limited understanding about the effects of NPM. In particular, there has been a lack of quantitative studies with large-number sample sizes. This dataset provides within country variation in politics, institutions, socio-economic factors and services among other things, over four decades.