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Professions under Siege
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8867-0815
Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2016 (English)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 118, no 1, 93-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to analyse the effects of New Public Management (NPM) reforms on three specific professional groups. From this investigation it is clear that the assumptions inherent in the NPM reforms have resulted in a clear breach of what we theoretically refer to as the professional contract between the state and the professions. We show in this analysis that our studied professional groups have lost central aspects of their professional autonomy. We problematize the perception that an ever-increasing demand for steering and control of professionals within the public sector should be perceived as something exclusively good. In addition to the costs of monitoring, the centrally important paradox of accountability should be taken into consideration, i.e. responsible interpretation and application of external accountability demands rest on the cultivation of the virtues that support good administrative judgement, the type of judgement that is threatened by the control-schemes presented in this article.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund, 2016. Vol. 118, no 1, 93-126 p.
Keyword [en]
professionalism, deprofessionalization, professional contract, New Public Management
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Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Political Science; History; Economic History; Constitutional Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267441DiVA: diva2:873174
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Demokrati och deprofessionalisering
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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