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Who governs in processes of collaboration - the bureaucrats or the politicians?

Analysing collaboration and its impact on bureaucratic autonomy and policy-making.
A research project funded by the Swedish Research Council 2011-2016. The project is led by ass. prof. Patrik Hall.

Empirically the focus is on: urban develoment; projects; regional development; social policy on youth at risk; ethics in state administration.

Theoretically, this project draws on the government-governance discourse; the discussion on whether transparency, accountability and input legitimacy can be replaced by efficiency and output legitimacy; and not the least the question on who really governs - the bureacrats or the politicians. 

Our main contribution is the focus on collaboration itself, where bureaucratic autonomy potentially challenges traditional forms of vertical government, and how this affects the role of the civil servants.




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Researchers on the project

Publications and a selection of conference papers within the project:

Forssell, Fred, Hall (2013) Projekt som det politiska samverkanskravets uppsamlingsplatser: en studie av Malmö stads projektverksamheter. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration. 17 (2) p.13-35.

Chaib, Josef (2014) Looking over the shoulder of civil servants. How to study collaboration in practice. Conference paper, IPA (International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis).

Fred (2014) Porous organizing Making sense of projectification in Swedish municipalities. Conference paper: Making Project Critical workshop in Stockholm January 2014.

Hall, Patrik, (2014) ”Capturing society in the net of government? A study of Swedish innovation policy”, conference paper, EGPA (European Group for Public Administration).

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