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Tomas Bergström

Tomas Bergström

Associate professor

Tomas Bergström

Through a glass darkly: Leadership complexity in Swedish local government

Author

  • Tomas Bergström
  • Håkan Magnusson
  • Ulf Ramberg

Summary, in English

New management ideas aim to change the roles of local government politicians and administrators. The new ideas are poorly adjusted to the traditional role of councillors that was built on detailed knowledge and active participation in administrative practice. Leadership has now become even more full of contradictions; many demands are hard to reconcile. But, if any managers are good at handling complexity, it should be those in the local government sector. This article discusses, based on experiences from Sweden, how the complex interface between politics and administration is, or could be, handled by a dialogue between central actors.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Business Administration

Publishing year

2008

Language

English

Pages

203-220

Publication/Series

Local Government Studies

Volume

34

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Political Science
  • Business Administration

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0300-3930