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Democracy and technocracy in Sweden's Experience of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Växjö University, Sweden.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Centre for the Study of Political Organization.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9346-2324
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1526-0521
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Political Science, E-ISSN 2673-3145, Vol. 4, p. 1-13, article id 832518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden’s management of the coronavirus pandemic, beginning in early 2020, hasbeen much discussed because it deviated from other countries’ equivalents. Set inthe context of scholarly debate about the balance between politicians and experts inpolitical decision-making, we argue that a necessary condition for this case of Swedishexceptionalism was the manner of policy-making adopted by the Swedish authorities. Inthis article, we describe this policy-making procedure, which involved a radical form ofdelegation by elected politicians to appointed experts, and seek to explain how it cameabout. We focus on the 1st year of the pandemic, and use media reports and other publicdocuments, including parts of a public inquiry, as our empirical material.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2022. Vol. 4, p. 1-13, article id 832518
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Covid-19, Democracy, Expert, Pandemic, Sweden, Policy, Politics
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Political Science
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49004DOI: 10.3389/fpos.2022.832518ISI: 000994948400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130699843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49004DiVA, id: diva2:1656907
Available from: 2022-05-09 Created: 2022-05-09 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved

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