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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.

Public Administration Theory research Group Seminars 2024, illustration.

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


16 January

International Public Administration. Reading seminar together with

Peace and International Politics.  kl.10.00-11.30 (10 sharp)

27 February

Public Administration Theory Research Group: The Politics of Evidence (reading group session 1 out of 3) | Svetnet (

Lilla konferensrummet Eden 366, kl.11.00-12.00 (11 sharp)

6 March

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory (reading group in colaboration with gender studies) | Svetnet (

Venue: TBA. kl.14.30-16.00 

20  March

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Justin Parkhurst (London School of Economics and Political Science) The Politics of Evidence (session 3 out of 3) | Svetnet (

Lilla konferensrummet Eden 366. kl.10.00-11.30 (10 sharp)

19 April

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Christian Jensen (GU): "Ökat stöd eller ökad styrning? Hur hantera motstridiga signaler i praktiken" [samarrangemang med KEFU] | Svetnet (

Stora konferensrummet Eden 367. kl.13.00-15.00 (13 sharp)

25 April

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Sara Brorström (GU) Strategparadoxen – strategrollen i kommunala organisationer [samarrangemang med KEFU]. | Svetnet (

Ekonomicentrum EC3:207, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund

7 May

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Johannes Stripple (LU), Jacob Hasselbalch (CBS), Ekaterina Chertkovskaya (LU) Assembling a Zero-Waste World: From situated to distributed prefiguration. | Svetnet

Stora konferensrummet Eden 367. kl.09.00-10.00 (09 sharp)

14 May

Public Administration Theory Research Group: Patrik Hall (MAU): Why Meetings Matter. Everyday Arenas for Making, Performing and Maintaining Organisations | Svetnet (

Stora konferensrummet Eden 367. kl.09.00-10.00 (09 sharp)

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

6 November, Staffan Furusten (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet och Score): Fler som kan mindre och färre som kan mer – en konsekvens av ökad konsultanvändning i förvaltningen. (samarr med KEFU)

Venue: Spoletorps hörsal. Spolegatan 1 R, Lund. Time: 14.00-16.00. 

Registration before: 2023-10-30

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

7 December, Forskning som förändring, Lennart Svensson, professor, Linköpings universitet  (samarr med KEFU)

Tid: Torsdagen den 7 december 14.00-16.00
Var?: via Zoom:

Kan forskning bidra till förändring i en kommunal verksamhet, organisation eller förvaltning? 

På seminariet redovisas olika försök att göra just detta. Lennart Svensson visar på svårigheterna med att skapa nytta av forskning, men också på möjligheter som finns genom att diskutera exempel från regionala samverkansgrupper, forskarskolor, kommundoktorander, högskoleutbildningar, och utvärderingar av projekt. Seminariet är dialogbaserat och utgår gärna från deltagarnas egna erfarenheter, funderingar och planerade satsningar i regionen.

Medverkande: Lennart Svensson, professor, Linköpings universitet

Tid: Torsdagen den 7 december 14.00-16.00

Plats: Webbinarium

Pris: Gratis för alla intresserade


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)