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Alamaa, L., Hall, P. & Löfgren, K. (2024). Why are organisational professionals expanding in the Swedish public sector?: The role of accountability. Public Policy and Administration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why are organisational professionals expanding in the Swedish public sector?: The role of accountability
2024 (English)In: Public Policy and Administration, ISSN 0952-0767, E-ISSN 1749-4192Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Recent research shows that new types of high-skilled administrators, what we in this article label organisational professionals, have amplified their presence in public sector organisations in relation to other types of public sector employees. Our purpose is to analyse how organisational accountability can be seen as a driver behind the expansion of organisational professionals. Intensified political and administrative pressures seem to be driving this process, but there also seems to be internal turfs in which the different parts of the government administration seek to hold each other accountable, a process possibly amplified by professionalising ambitions of the organisational professionals. The article concludes that the bureaucratising effect of accountability demands ought to be highlighted more in critical research of accountability. The study is based on semi-structured interviews and focus groups with public sector professionals in Sweden from different policy sectors and government levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2024
Keywords
Accountability, organisational professionals, Swedish public sector
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65487 (URN)10.1177/09520767241227068 (DOI)001142011700001 ()
Available from: 2024-01-29 Created: 2024-01-29 Last updated: 2024-01-29Bibliographically approved
Hall, P., Åkerström, M. & Cederholm, E. A. (2024). Why Meetings Matter: Everyday Arenas for Making, Performing and Maintaining Organisations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why Meetings Matter: Everyday Arenas for Making, Performing and Maintaining Organisations
2024 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024. p. 222
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-65743 (URN)10.4337/9781803924649 (DOI)978 1 80392 463 2 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2024-02-05 Created: 2024-02-05 Last updated: 2024-02-07Bibliographically approved
Fred, M., Hall, P. & Mukhtar-Landgren, D. (2022). Samverkan som marknadsskapande: introduktionen av social impact bonds i Sverige och Finland. In: Åsa Hedberg Rundgren, Charlotte Klinga, Mikael Löfström, Linda Mossberg (Ed.), Perspektiv på samverkan: Om utmaningar och möjligheter i välfärdens praktik. Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samverkan som marknadsskapande: introduktionen av social impact bonds i Sverige och Finland
2022 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på samverkan: Om utmaningar och möjligheter i välfärdens praktik / [ed] Åsa Hedberg Rundgren, Charlotte Klinga, Mikael Löfström, Linda Mossberg, Studentlitteratur AB, 2022Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Studentlitteratur AB, 2022
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Arbete och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-49858 (URN)978-91-44-14380-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2022-02-02 Created: 2022-02-02 Last updated: 2023-09-01Bibliographically approved
Löfgren, K., Darrah-Morgan, B. & Hall, P. (2022). The growth of organisational professionals in tertiary educational institutions in New Zealand. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 35(7)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The growth of organisational professionals in tertiary educational institutions in New Zealand
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Public Sector Management, ISSN 0951-3558, E-ISSN 1758-6666, Vol. 35, no 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this article is to ascertain empirically to what extent we can quantify an occupational shift, where a new type of bureaucracy of organisational professionals is on the rise in tertiary educational institutions in New Zealand. Furthermore, the objective is also to present accountability as the prime factor behind the changes. Design/methodology/approach The analytical strategy of the study takes a point of departure in the distinction between occupational and organisational professionals in the public sector in general, and more specifically in tertiary education (TE). Based on these new categorisations, the authors have used various descriptive historical statistics (both national and institutional) to estimate changes over time. Findings The article finds, in line with some international research, that there has been a comparatively higher growth of organisational professionals in TE in New Zealand, and a significantly higher growth than in the private sector and in the overall public services. The authors hypothesise that this growth can be associated with accountability (both vertical and horizontal) as the dominant notion in TE. Originality/value This article takes a different approach than the existing literature on administrative intensity in TE by looking at occupational changes rather than changes in institutions budgets. This article also confirms some of the findings in the growing international literature on changes in professional roles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022
Keywords
University, Bureaucracy, New Zealand, Accountability, Managerialism, Tertiary education
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-55068 (URN)10.1108/IJPSM-09-2021-0222 (DOI)000847397500001 ()2-s2.0-85138002992 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-09-21 Created: 2022-09-21 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Löfgren, K., Darrah-Morgan, B., Hall, P. & Alamaa, L. (2022). The Rise of a New Public Bureaucracy in New Zealand?. Administration & Society, 54(1), 57-86, Article ID 00953997211013301.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Rise of a New Public Bureaucracy in New Zealand?
2022 (English)In: Administration & Society, ISSN 0095-3997, E-ISSN 1552-3039, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 57-86, article id 00953997211013301Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One recurrent narrative in the discussion about managerial public sector reforms is the growth in organizational professionals as a response to new accountability regimes. New Zealand has experienced modest growth rates in the general public sector workforce. Less studied, though, is whether the composition of the public sector workforce has changed, with an increase in organizational functions supportive to management. Based on descriptive workforce data, followed by follow-up interviews, this article presents a multifaceted and complex picture of a growing new public bureaucracy with the main task of managing chains of accountability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
public sector, organizational professional, managerialism, New Zealand
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-43972 (URN)10.1177/00953997211013301 (DOI)000652215900001 ()2-s2.0-85105808949 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-06-22 Created: 2021-06-22 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Hall, P. (2021). Organisation: Tillit och dimensionering av personalgrupper. In: Louise Bringselius (Ed.), Tillit och omdöme: Perspektiv på tillitsbaserad styrning. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organisation: Tillit och dimensionering av personalgrupper
2021 (Swedish)In: Tillit och omdöme: Perspektiv på tillitsbaserad styrning / [ed] Louise Bringselius, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56431 (URN)9789144150963 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-02 Created: 2022-12-02 Last updated: 2023-09-01Bibliographically approved
Hall, P. (2020). Mötesplats Sverige: Svensk innovationspolitik under hundra år. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mötesplats Sverige: Svensk innovationspolitik under hundra år
2020 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020. p. 235
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-37698 (URN)978-91-44-12709-5 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2020-12-22 Created: 2020-12-22 Last updated: 2024-06-11Bibliographically approved
Andersson Cederholm, E. & Hall, P. (2020). Performing ambiguous policy: How innovation events simultaneously perform change and collaborative order (ed.). Sociological Review, 68(6), 1403-1419
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing ambiguous policy: How innovation events simultaneously perform change and collaborative order
2020 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 68, no 6, p. 1403-1419Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to analyse how innovation policy is staged and legitimised through the dramatised social process of an event. The context is taken from an annual event, Skåne Innovation Week, which is arranged by the regional innovation system in Skåne, Sweden. Innovation systems often organise similar events internationally, which appear to play a key role in performing inter-organisational collaboration between actors from the public sector, industry and research, as well as manifesting belief in the globalised imaginaries of innovation systems. Through the analytical lens of the event as a social drama, the article examines how the event – and thus, innovation policy – is represented in commemorative films and website documents through which three meeting practices are identified: mingling and hanging out, scripted meeting models and spatial staging. The article argues that these meeting practices and their performed interactive social forms sustain the vagueness and ambiguity inherent in innovation policy, particularly between stability and change. The event can be viewed as a form of performative government that maintains a political order while simultaneously hailing its practices as transformative.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
ambiguity, events, performative government, regional innovation system, social drama
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1847 (URN)10.1177/0038026119895219 (DOI)000503599000001 ()2-s2.0-85077169948 (Scopus ID)30813 (Local ID)30813 (Archive number)30813 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2024-06-17Bibliographically approved
Hall, P. (2020). Tillväxten av managementbyråkrati - ett hot mot välfärdsstaten?. In: Peter Ehn, Göran Sundström (Ed.), Statlig förvaltningspolitik för 2020-talet: En forskningantologi. Statskontoret
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tillväxten av managementbyråkrati - ett hot mot välfärdsstaten?
2020 (Swedish)In: Statlig förvaltningspolitik för 2020-talet: En forskningantologi / [ed] Peter Ehn, Göran Sundström, Statskontoret , 2020Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Statskontoret, 2020
Series
Om offentlig sektor ; 38
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Organisational studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-49862 (URN)
Projects
Byråkratisering av offentliga organisationer?
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2022-02-02 Created: 2022-02-02 Last updated: 2023-09-01Bibliographically approved
Hall, P. & Hysing, E. (2019). Advancing voluntary chemical governance? The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue (ed.). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(6), 1001-1018
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Advancing voluntary chemical governance? The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue
2019 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 62, no 6, p. 1001-1018Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Voluntary environmental governance is a widely used policy approach that has been criticized for its lack of effectiveness. This raises fundamental questions about how to design processes that can advance voluntary programmes in a way that makes them more successful. In this paper, we analyse a government-initiated dialogue process to phase out hazardous chemicals through voluntary action by the Swedish textile industry. The analysis shows that information transfer primarily motivated business participation, while consumer pressure, regulatory threats and traditions of government–business cooperation played minor roles. The institutional design of the dialogue ensured close interaction within a homogeneous group, but collective actions were limited by disagreement about the problems to be addressed, prior unilateral environmental commitments by leading companies, and ambivalent engagement. This case provides valuable insights into the effect of institutional design on the actual interplay between business and government and its effects on voluntary governance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Voluntary environmental action, Industry dialogue, Chemical policy, Textile industry, Institutional design
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1978 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2018.1457515 (DOI)000473521300004 ()2-s2.0-85046014784 (Scopus ID)26921 (Local ID)26921 (Archive number)26921 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2023-09-01Bibliographically approved
Projects
Utilizing situated knowledge: social investments as instruments for local government and organization?; Malmö University; Publications
Fred, M., Hall, P. & Mukhtar-Landgren, D. (2022). Samverkan som marknadsskapande: introduktionen av social impact bonds i Sverige och Finland. In: Åsa Hedberg Rundgren, Charlotte Klinga, Mikael Löfström, Linda Mossberg (Ed.), Perspektiv på samverkan: Om utmaningar och möjligheter i välfärdens praktik. Studentlitteratur AB
Bureaucratisation of public organisations? A comparative study of organisational professionals in Sweden and New Zealand; Malmö University
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