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Svallfors, S. & Tyllström, A. (2018). Resilient privatization: the puzzling case of for-profit welfare providers in Sweden. Socio-Economic Review.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resilient privatization: the puzzling case of for-profit welfare providers in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Socio-Economic Review, ISSN 1475-1461, E-ISSN 1475-147XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article, we analyse the striking resilience of for-profit care and service provisionin what has often been seen as the archetypical social democratic welfare state:Sweden. We focus on the strategic discursive activities of private companies andtheir business organizations as they try to influence perceptions, organize actorsand facilitate communication to defend profit-making in the welfare sector in theface of increasing conflict and opposition. We argue that taking such organized actioninto account changes dominant perceptions about the characteristics of theSwedish political economy, and carries important lessons for analyses of changesin the organization of the welfare state in general.

Keyword
employers, liberalization, political sociology, public sector, Scandinavia, welfare state
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34629 (URN)10.1093/ser/mwy005 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-962
Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-02-16 Last updated: 2018-02-16Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2017). Knowing the game: motivations and skills among partisan policy professionals. Journal of Professions and Organization, 4(1), 55-69.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowing the game: motivations and skills among partisan policy professionals
2017 (English)In: Journal of Professions and Organization, ISSN 2051-8803, E-ISSN 2051-8811, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 55-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on “partisan policy professionals” (PPPs), i.e. people who are employed to affectpolitics and policy, and analyzes their particular motivations and skills. This article focuses on the occupationalpractices of PPPs: what are their main motivations and driving forces, and what are thekey skills they deploy in their work? The main motivation for PPPs is a desire to wield power and influencethe course of affairs, while their working-life satisfaction comes from getting their messageinto the media without becoming personally exposed. The key resource of PPPs is contextdependentpolitically useful knowledge, in three main forms: “Problem formulation” involves highlightingand framing social problems and their possible solutions. “Process expertise” consists of understandingthe “where, how, and why” of the political and policy-making processes. “Informationaccess” is the skill to be very fast in finding reliable and relevant information. These motivations andskills underpin a particular professionalism based in an “entrepreneurial ethos”, which differs fromboth the ethos of elected politicians, and that of civil servants, and which has some potentially problematicimplications for democratic governance.

Keyword
policy professionals; Sweden; political advisors; knowledge; power
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30917 (URN)10.1093/jpo/jow008 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1369Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-962
Available from: 2016-09-28 Created: 2016-09-28 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2017). “Most MPs are Not All that Sharp.” Political Employees and Representative Democracy. International Journal of Public Administration, 40(7), 548-558.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Most MPs are Not All that Sharp.” Political Employees and Representative Democracy
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 40, no 7, p. 548-558Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article analyses the orientations of political employees in Sweden. It finds that their roles are diffuse: there is no agreement among political employees about whether they are politicians or not, and their mandate is fleeting and unclear. They hold the average politician’s intellectual abilities in low regard, and sometimes take on clearly paternalistic views toward elected representatives. They see little attraction in pursuing a career as elected politicians, because of intrusive media scrutiny and since they hold a view of elected politics as slow, boring, and shallow. The professional route to politics is seen as more fast and fun.

Keyword
democracy, Political advisors, political employee, politicians, Sweden
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30631 (URN)10.1080/01900692.2016.1157693 (DOI)2-s2.0-84965056716 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1369Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-962
Available from: 2016-07-20 Created: 2016-07-18 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2017). Olle Wästberg & Daniel Lindvall, Folkstyret i rädslans tid. Stockholm: Fri Tanke, 2017. [Review]. Sociologisk forskning, 54(4), 393-395.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Olle Wästberg & Daniel Lindvall, Folkstyret i rädslans tid. Stockholm: Fri Tanke, 2017.
2017 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 393-395Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34485 (URN)000419291200027 ()
Available from: 2018-02-02 Created: 2018-02-02 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2017). Uthållig kreativitet: tre faror, två demoner, tio budord. In: Paavo Bergman & Gunnar Olofsson (Ed.), På väg: En vänbok till Sven E Olsson Hort (pp. 217-228). Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uthållig kreativitet: tre faror, två demoner, tio budord
2017 (Swedish)In: På väg: En vänbok till Sven E Olsson Hort / [ed] Paavo Bergman & Gunnar Olofsson, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2017, p. 217-228Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2017
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33987 (URN)9789179242893 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2017-12-27Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2016). Forskningspolitik som kunskapshinder. In: Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, Li Bennich-Björkman, Jörgen Hermansson, Anna Jarstad, Christer Karlsson & Sten Widmalm (Ed.), Det hotade universitetet: (pp. 143-153). Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forskningspolitik som kunskapshinder
2016 (Swedish)In: Det hotade universitetet / [ed] Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg, Li Bennich-Björkman, Jörgen Hermansson, Anna Jarstad, Christer Karlsson & Sten Widmalm, Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag, 2016, p. 143-153Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag, 2016
Keyword
forskningspolitik, universitet, forskning
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29480 (URN)978-91-7504-299-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-10 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2017-10-24Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2016). Out of the Golden Cage: PR and the career opportunities of policy professionals. Politics and Policy, 44(1), 56-73.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Out of the Golden Cage: PR and the career opportunities of policy professionals
2016 (English)In: Politics and Policy, ISSN 1801-3422, E-ISSN 1747-1346, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 56-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on “policy professionals”—people employed to affect politics and policy making rather than elected to office, and their career motivations and considerations. What do they see as career opportunities and limitations? What resources do policy professionals offer on the job market? How are status and hierarchy on their particular labor market perceived? Special attention is paid to the possible transitions from current job into other positions and arenas. The study pinpoints the “golden cage” problem: the problem for organizations positioned outside party politics to properly evaluate the distinct skills of policy professionals. The key position of the public relations agencies in this regard is highlighted. The article closes with a discussion of some democratic implications of the arguments and findings, such as anticipatory adjustment of behavior in public office, the potential merging of political elites, and the supply driven growth of the policy professional stratum.

National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29514 (URN)10.1111/polp.12149 (DOI)2-s2.0-84957989581 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1369Swedish Research Council, 421-2014-962
Available from: 2016-02-15 Created: 2016-02-15 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2016). Politics as organised combat – New players and new rules of the game in Sweden. New Political Economy, 21(6), 505-519.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Politics as organised combat – New players and new rules of the game in Sweden
2016 (English)In: New Political Economy, ISSN 1356-3467, E-ISSN 1469-9923, Vol. 21, no 6, p. 505-519Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29871 (URN)10.1080/13563467.2016.1156662 (DOI)000383996100001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1369
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2016). Who Loves the Swedish Welfare State?: Attitude trends 1980-2010 (1ed.). In: Pierre, Jon (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics: (pp. 22-36). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Who Loves the Swedish Welfare State?: Attitude trends 1980-2010
2016 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics / [ed] Pierre, Jon, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 1, p. 22-36Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29419 (URN)978-0-19-966567-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-01 Created: 2016-02-01 Last updated: 2017-10-24Bibliographically approved
Svallfors, S. (2015). Kreativitetens människa: om konsten att ställa sig i hörnet och vikten av att vårda sina fiender. Stockholm: Santérus Förlag.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kreativitetens människa: om konsten att ställa sig i hörnet och vikten av att vårda sina fiender
2015 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2015. p. 128
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29367 (URN)9789173590938 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-08-26 Created: 2016-01-28 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved
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