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Critical Public Administration Research

Critical studies of ideas and strategies on the governing and organisation of society.
With key categories as power, democracy, steering and ethics the members of this research group examine a number of political processes in the Swedish context, but also in an international context.

Current research areas concern ideals and models of organisation and governance within public administration, but also relations between public authorities and citizens and the values and norms that coin these relations. Many of us also study implications of different governing ideals from a democratic perspective.

We connect to an emerging interpretative turn within policy studies, and have a broad view on critique that includes governmentality studies, discourse studies in a broad sense, and also normative and empirical analyses from e.g. gender or environmental perspectives. The research group conducts studies within a broad spectrum of topics, from analyses of knowledge production and their intrinsical power relations, to normative analyses with values such as equality and justice as their point of departure, but also empirical studies of e.g. implementation and different forms of collaboration from a power perspective.


Selected publications within the group

  • Altermark, Niklas (2014) The ideology of neuroscience and intellectual disability: reconstituting the ‘disordered’ brain i Disability & Society vol. 29, issue 9
  • Hedlund, Maria (2014) Ethics expertise in political regulation of biomedicine: the need of democratic justification, i Critical Policy Studies Volume 8, Issue 3
  • Knaggård, Åsa (2013) What do policy-makers do with scientific uncertainty? The incremental character of Swedish climate change policy-making i Policy Studies Vol. 35, Issue 1
  • Stripple, Johannes (2014) Governing subjectivities in a carbon constrained world, i Culture, Politics and Climate Change (Routledge)
  • Nyberg, Linda (2013) Vad får staten göra?– EU:s statsstödsregler och svensk förvaltningspolitik, i Strandberg, Urban m.fl. (2013) När förvaltning blir business: marknadiseringens utmaningar för demokratin och välfärdsstaten
  • Melander, Stina (2013) Kassakultur i förändring. Samspelet mellan organisationskultur och administrativa reformer på Försäkringskassan Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Lunds universitet.


Related education

Teachers within this research group are involved in several courses at the department, e.g. Political Power and Democarcy and Experts and Democracy at the Bachelor’s level, and Policy Processes at the Master’s level.


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Researchers in the group

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences