Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1087: The Complex Roots of Deprofessionalization: A Case Study of New Public Management

Johan Wennström ()
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Johan Wennström: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, and Linköping University

Abstract: While it might appear to be self-evident that the trend toward New Public Management (NPM) in the public administration systems of many Western countries is an outgrowth of neo-liberalism, the case of Swedish education suggests that policies can have widely different and counterintuitive sources. Ideas on teaching and education from both the left and right of the political spectrum paved the way for NPM in the Swedish school system. Unless political actors on the left acknowledge the shared responsibility for the rise of NPM it will not be possible to rectify and amend the shortcomings of such arrangements in schools and other public services.

Keywords: Christopher Hood; deprofessionalization; education; neo-liberalism; New Public Management; Sweden

JEL-codes: B24; H83; I20

48 pages, First version: October 9, 2015. Revised: August 11, 2016.

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