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Organizing for Auditing - an essential element in governance

We live in a society that has become organized around audit, but where auditing processes and their consequences have not properly been integrated into our thinking about governance and democracy. This is problematic since auditing is likely to have significant ramifications on state performance and state legitimacy. The overall aim of this project is to develop an understanding of how auditing has been organized in the Swedish state and the consequences of this institutional development on democracy and governance. The project draws on, and integrates, two theoretical traditions: institutional organization theory and historical institutionalism.

Crucial to our research design are comparisons across policy fields and a longitudinal approach. We will conduct a series of careful empirical studies on the organizing of auditing as well as in-depth studies on auditing practices in six different policy fields. We will also compare field-specific developments with administrative reform in general. A comparison of administrative reform in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, focusing on how the institutionalization of auditing is related to governing ambitions in these three countries, will also be conducted. The project is multidisciplinary, and involves scholars from political science, business administration and organization theory.



Project Manager

Bengt Jacobsson
School of Social Sciences

People linked to the project

Anders Ivarsson Westerberg
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences

Jenny Svensson
Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD
School of Social Sciences

Noomi Weinryb
Senior Lecturer, PhD
School of Social Sciences

Fil dr Jenny de Fine Licht, Göteborgs universitet

Professor Jon Pierre, Göteborgs universitet

Fil dr Martin Qvist, Stockholms universitet

Fil dr Marta Reuter, Stockholms universitet

Docent Göran Sundström, Stockholms universitet

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Project start: 2015
Project end: 2019

Financier: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: No

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