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The unfolding of agency autonomy over time : The Swedish Social Insurance Agency 2003-2015

Bringselius, Louise LU (2017) In Modernizing the Public Sector p.99-118
Abstract (Swedish)
The literature on agency autonomy typically assumes that agency autonomy is relatively stable over time, and that it unfolds primarily in the relation between agencies and their parent ministries. This chapter challenges these assumptions. It explores how agency autonomy unfolds over time from a system-wide perspective, including the relation between the agency and its parent ministry, the relation between management and employees and the relation between the agency and the citizenry. Data from a qualitative case study of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (SIA), covering the 12 year period 2003-2015, are reported.Observations indicate that the agency/ministry relation has changed with each Director-General, but they also indicate that... (More)
The literature on agency autonomy typically assumes that agency autonomy is relatively stable over time, and that it unfolds primarily in the relation between agencies and their parent ministries. This chapter challenges these assumptions. It explores how agency autonomy unfolds over time from a system-wide perspective, including the relation between the agency and its parent ministry, the relation between management and employees and the relation between the agency and the citizenry. Data from a qualitative case study of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (SIA), covering the 12 year period 2003-2015, are reported.Observations indicate that the agency/ministry relation has changed with each Director-General, but they also indicate that there is a delicate interaction between the three relations, where they all impact on one another. This suggests that agency autonomy may be best understood as volatile and formed in a complex web of relations. (Less)
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Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
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  author       = {Bringselius, Louise},
  editor       = {Knutsson, Hans and Lapsley, Irvine},
  isbn         = {9781138675940},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {99--118},
  publisher    = {Routledge Taylor & Francis Group},
  series       = {Modernizing the Public Sector},
  title        = {The unfolding of agency autonomy over time : The Swedish Social Insurance Agency 2003-2015},
  year         = {2017},
}