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Sweden: Political Direction and Decree-Making

Edward Page

in Policy Without Politicians

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645138
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645138.003.0005
Sweden: Political Direction and Decree-Making

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Bureaucrats have not been especially pivotal actors in accounts of the deliberative processes that characterize the ‘Swedish Model’. From the perspective of the officials involved in writing our seven decrees, it becomes apparent that the level of political direction of bureaucratic activity is strong — and in this sense the Swedish case is remarkably unlike the other five jurisdictions in the study. The administrative structure of Swedish government, the small size of ministries, the large numbers of political appointees relative to other ministerial staff, the informal working arrangements within ministries, and importance of a range of interdepartmental procedures to the production of policies all tend to bring ministers and their auxiliaries into the decision-making process on a routine and everyday basis.

Keywords: Sweden; bureaucracy; interest groups; delegation; secondary legislation; policy making; political leadership

Chapter.  6350 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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