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Public Corruption in Swedish Municipalities - Trouble Looming on the Horizon?

Erlingsson, Gissur LU ; Bergh, Andreas LU and Sjölin, Mats LU (2008) In Local Government Studies 34(5). p.595-608
Abstract
In the 1990s, several public corruption scandals were uncovered in Sweden. This article focuses specifically on local corruption, and our purpose is to examine whether a case can be made that problems of public corruption in Swedish municipalities have increased. By applying instruments from the institutional rational choice framework, we reach the conclusion that there are indeed reasons to suspect that retrenchment initiatives and organisational reforms over the last two decades, often labelled 'new public management', have increased the risk of corruption. Although hard empirical data do not yet exist, the suspicion that public corruption in Swedish municipalities may have become an increasing problem cannot be disregarded. Hence, we... (More)
In the 1990s, several public corruption scandals were uncovered in Sweden. This article focuses specifically on local corruption, and our purpose is to examine whether a case can be made that problems of public corruption in Swedish municipalities have increased. By applying instruments from the institutional rational choice framework, we reach the conclusion that there are indeed reasons to suspect that retrenchment initiatives and organisational reforms over the last two decades, often labelled 'new public management', have increased the risk of corruption. Although hard empirical data do not yet exist, the suspicion that public corruption in Swedish municipalities may have become an increasing problem cannot be disregarded. Hence, we conclude by calling for further empirical research in this field. (Less)
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Local Government Studies
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595 - 608
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/03003930802413780
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  abstract     = {In the 1990s, several public corruption scandals were uncovered in Sweden. This article focuses specifically on local corruption, and our purpose is to examine whether a case can be made that problems of public corruption in Swedish municipalities have increased. By applying instruments from the institutional rational choice framework, we reach the conclusion that there are indeed reasons to suspect that retrenchment initiatives and organisational reforms over the last two decades, often labelled 'new public management', have increased the risk of corruption. Although hard empirical data do not yet exist, the suspicion that public corruption in Swedish municipalities may have become an increasing problem cannot be disregarded. Hence, we conclude by calling for further empirical research in this field.},
  author       = {Erlingsson, Gissur and Bergh, Andreas and Sjölin, Mats},
  issn         = {0300-3930},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {595--608},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Local Government Studies},
  title        = {Public Corruption in Swedish Municipalities - Trouble Looming on the Horizon?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930802413780},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {2008},
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