On-going projects

Public Services in the Future

IFN is maintaining and strengthening our research on services with a strong public component. 

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

Jannis Angelis, Andreas Bergh, Mårten Blix, Anna Häger Glenngård, Lovisa Persson, Johan Wennström, Richard Öhrvall, among others.

In recent years, public services have grown in importance on the political agenda. The Swedish government has planned to abolish the national reform that guarantees freedom of choice between primary care providers, to increase the municipalities’ influence over the establishment of schools, and to introduce a general cap on dividends in the tax-financed service sector. Considering that these proposals have not been supported by hard evidence, it is more important than ever to carry out qualified research within the area. Public services are also important to study given the long term challenge of managing their future financing. Innovation and efficiency improvements will be necessary both within public and private service production. 

Areas of study are management and efficiency differences in service production, market models and forms of competition, as well as the future financing of public services.

Time period: 2015–2017.

The research is financed by contributions from members of the project's reference group: Ambea, Attendo, Bräcke Diakoni, EQT, Ersta Diakoni, Humana, Internationella Engelska Skolan, Investor, Magnora, Nordic Capital, Norrköping Municipality, Östergötland Regional Council, Praktikertjänst, SEB Trygg Liv, SKL, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Uppsala Municipality.



Wennström, Johan (2015). New public management also came from the left: The case of Swedish primary and secondary education. IFN Working Paper nr 1087. Link

Publications in Swedish are listed on the program's corresponding Swedish page.



The introduction of NPM and its political psychological roots
Project manager: Johan Wennström

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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