On-going projects

Public Services in the Future

In recent years, public services have grown in importance on the political agenda. The proposal to introduce a general cap on profits in the tax-financed service sector has been particularly controversial. This project aims at producing resarch which can be used as a basis for decision making with regard to regulation of the welfare sector.

Project manager: Henrik Jordahl

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

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 (2016). Market reform and school competition: The lesson from Sweden. IFN Working Paper No. 1143. Link

Wennström, Johan (2015). New public management also came from the left: The case of Swedish primary and secondary education. IFN Working Paper No. 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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