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Stat i förändring: Bolagiseringsvågen i kommunikationssektorn under 1990- och 2000-talet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis a descriptive study of six parliamentary debates concerning corporatization of a number of government agencies in the communication sector is made. The government agencies in question includes agencies regulating the Swedish railway system, telecommunication, postal service, energy supply, road administration and the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration. During the last thirty years each of these areas has been transformed from government agencies to corporations as part of a more general trend in Swedish politics. The purpose has been to uncover the positons and arguments used by the political parties that make up the Swedish parliament in order to highlight the ideas and motives behind corporatization in Sweden. To achieve this an analytical model that structures and identifies debates in four different stages, from identifying the problem to prescribing solution, is applied to the material.

The result of the study shows that this seemingly left-right question does not produce a traditional left-right positioning of the political parties in the debate. While the right wing parties and the Left Party seem to stand their ground during the entire research period, the Social Democrats are more adaptable. The Social Democrats have a more pragmatic view on the corporatization question. Another result is that the debate for change (from agency to corporation) do not seem to be driven by any actual problems identified with the agencies in question. Instead, the world view held by the posing parties becomes of central importance to the position taken and the arguments used. The lack of critique against the agencies stands out as the discussion in the theory chapter clearly show that one of the most common reason for reform of the public sector is the identification of corruption, waste and inefficiency. These common factors seem to be almost entirely absent in the cases discussed here.

The lack of actual problems means the debate is driven almost solely by ideas and ideals, a most unusual thing in Swedish politics with its traditional focus on practical politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 56 p.
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-275793DiVA: diva2:901201
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-06 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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