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Market, State, and Morality: Two Studies of How Left and Right Undermined Moral Motivation in the Swedish School System
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The bulk of the literature on the New Public Management (NPM) has been blind to the moral dimension of the market-oriented reforms of the public sector. However, this thesis studies the potential for institutional arrangements such as financial incentives and other market mechanisms to undermine intrinsic, moral motivation among both“producers” and “consumers” of tax-financed welfare services. The first paper demonstrates how the promotion of NPM-like ideas by various left-wing and right-wing agents after 1968 led to the erosion of a professional ethos among Swedish teachers. The second paper shows how an ill-conceived school voucher reform in Sweden, implemented under the banner of NPM, has encouraged moral hazard on the part of schools. The thesis demonstrates an ecumenism between the left and right that with few exceptions has been overlooked in political science. It also demonstrates that public administration systems that have adopted market-oriented reforms need morality in order to function in accordance with the principles underlying these institutions.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. , p. 41
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FiF-avhandling - Filosofiska fakulteten – Linköpings universitet, ISSN 1401-4637 ; 122
Keywords [en]
Education; markets; morality; neoliberalism; New Public Management
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Economics and Business Business Administration Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-137641DOI: 10.3384/lic.diva-137641ISBN: 978-91-7685-523-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-137641DiVA, id: diva2:1097905
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2017-05-23, Statsvetenskapliga avdelningen, Campus Valla, LInköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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The series name, Linköping Studies in Arts and Science Thesis, is incorrect. Correct series name is FiF-avhandling.

Available from: 2017-05-23 Created: 2017-05-23 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved
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1. A LEFT/RIGHT CONVERGENCE ON THE NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT? THE UNINTENDED POWER OF DIVERSE IDEAS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A LEFT/RIGHT CONVERGENCE ON THE NEW PUBLIC MANAGEMENT? THE UNINTENDED POWER OF DIVERSE IDEAS
2016 (English)In: Critical review (New York, N.Y.), ISSN 0891-3811, E-ISSN 1933-8007, Vol. 28, no 3-4, p. 380-403Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While it might appear self-evident that the trend toward the New Public Management (NPM) in the public administration systems of many Western countries is an outgrowth of neoliberalism, the case of Swedish education suggests that such policies can have widely different and counterintuitive sources. Ideas about education from both sides of the political spectrum appear to have paved the way for NPM in the Swedish school system. This possibility casts the ideological basis for NPM reforms in a new light, at least in the context of the Swedish school system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2016
Keywords
Christopher Hood; deprofessionalization; education; neoliberalism; New Public Management
National Category
Public Administration Studies
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134792 (URN)10.1080/08913811.2016.1234158 (DOI)000392732100005 ()
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Funding Agencies|Stiftelsen Millenium

Available from: 2017-02-24 Created: 2017-02-24 Last updated: 2017-11-29

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