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Public Administration Theory Research Group

Studying the government and organisation of society

Departing from key concepts such as power, democracy, government and ethics, the members of this research group studies a range of different political processes, mainly in a Swedish context but also with an international outlook.

This group brings together researchers in political science and law, based in Lund, Malmö, Göteborg and Växjö. Past and present research projects deal with overarching themes such as marketisation, depoliticisation, juridification, projectification, Europeanisation and bureaucratisation - focusing on, amongst other things, New Public Management, health care reform, expert rule, climate politics, social investment funds, the European social fund, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.

Public administration takes place at all political levels - international, national, regional and local, in democracies as well as authoritarian regimes. Also, issues of government and organisation cannot be limited to the public sector but are also relevant in private companies and civil society. Therefore, we are open to new members from a wide range of research fields and disciplines to take part in our activities.

Mats Fred
E-post: mats [dot] fred [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


21 SeptemberAkshay Mangla (University of Oxford): Making Bureaucracy Work: Norms, Education and Public Service Delivery in Rural India. [co-arr. with Development studies]

Venue: Large Conference Room, Eden (Ed 367). Time: 13.15-15.00

14 November, Markus Holdo (LU) Caring for Democracy

Venue: TBA. Time: 13.00-14.00 (13 sharp)

15 November, Jon Pierre (GU): Democratic Backsliding and Public Administration: Towards a Guardian State (co-arr. with Higher research seminar at Political Science department, Lund)

Venue: Large Conference Room, Eden (Ed 367). Time: 13.15-15.00

November (Date TBA), Staffan Furusten (SU): Konsulter i offentlig sektor. (samarr med KEFU)

Venue: TBA. Time: 14.00-16.00

7 December, Lennart Svensson (LiU): Forskning för förändring? (samarr med KEFU)

Venue: Zoom. Time: 14.00-16.00

These are interesting and challenging times for public administration and, as such, also intriguing and exciting for us researchers of public organization, administration and governance. As a testament to this, we have 5 great seminars planned for this semester that I would like to invite you all to:

In addition to this, there are seminars coming up in collaboration with KEFU (I’ll get back to you on this note). I would also like to once again make a note on the fact that we are hosting NOOS (Nätverk i Offentlig Organisation och Styrning) this year. NOOS is an excellent transdisciplinary network/seminar devoted to PhD research about public organization, administration and governance (in the broadest of senses). So for all you PhD candidates – see this as an open invitation!

All the best,

Mats Fred

Eden large conference room, E367

Eden Ed230

Venue: P008 (Psychology department – The building opposite to Eden)

Venue: (Stora Algatan 4) 

Link to registration:

Previous seminars this fall:

Monday 5th September 2022, 09:00-11.00: Daniel Pargman, Title: Fools are everywhere: The role of the court jester in the 21st century

Large Conference Room, Eden (Ed 367)

Friday 30th September 2022, 10:15-12:00: Christophe Midler, Challenges and perspectives of projectification for societal innovation in a fragmented and chaotic world.
St Algatan hörsal (auditorium)

January 19, at 09.00-11.00 (Zoom)
Innovation Resistance. Moving beyond dominant framings
Helena Fornstedt from Uppsala University
Notice of interest: Mats Fred (mats [dot] fred [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (mats[dot]fred[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se))

April 26, at 14.00-16.00

Seminar with Eva Edström Fors ’Relationen mellan stat och kommun och riktade statsbidrag’ 

Plats: St Algatan hörsal (auditorium): Stora Algatan 4, Lund

Register participation to: mats [dot] fred [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (mats[dot]fred[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

May 5, at 12.15-13.15
Place: We will meet in the Large conference room at Eden (Lund University). There will be a possibility to join-in via zoom.

We have a joint session with the Development studies group related to the theme Projectification (the increasing reliance on projects and other temporary modes of organizing). This will be a seminar based on the readings of two-three articles that thigh issues related to development studies together with issues related to public administration.

May 23, at 14.00-16.00

Kommunalt handlingsutrymme i digitaliserad socialtjänst: Fallet automatiserat beslutsfattande | Svetnet

Detta KEFU-seminarium handlar om hur automatiserat beslutsfattande påverkar kommunala aktörers handlingsutrymme, med avstamp i exemplet socialtjänst och socialt arbete. Seminariet ingår i KEFU:s seminarieserie ”den kommunala demokratin i förändring”.  

Medverkande: Lupita Svensson (Fil. Dr) är forskare i social arbete vid Lunds universitet och har sedan 2015 forskat om socialtjänst och digitalisering i flera forskningsprojekt, ofta i nära samarbete med fältet.

Plats: St Algatan hörsal (auditorium): Stora Algatan 4, Lund

Anmälan till: mats [dot] fred [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (mats[dot]fred[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)