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Regulation and Auditing of Public Policy

Since the late 1990s various types of auditing have emerged as the most important form of political control measures that are used to control public operations. Auditing refers to retrospective activities to systematically follow up, systematise and evaluate ongoing or completed operations. The focus in regulating the welfare state has thus moved from the inflow of policy in which careful planning previously played a significant role, to the outflow of policy in which follow-up, evaluation, economic analysis, supervision and auditing are important activities. The development is not unique to Sweden, which is rather following trends and ways of thinking that have come to the fore in many western countries.

Unique, multi-disciplinary expertise exists within this field at the School of Public Administration. In their respective ways and within their respective subjects’ perspectives and traditions, several individual employees have devoted themselves to research over a long period that in one way or another focuses on auditing. Research on supervision, auditing and evaluation are a few such examples. Within this research theme there is a broad interface with the public administration and extensive collaboration with the surrounding community.

An active project has recently commenced to coordinate and develop the department’s research on auditing in order to create a joint research platform that can work to develop long-term, multi-disciplinary knowledge within the field. The goal is to become a nationally and internationally recognised research group when it comes to knowledge about: i) auditing as a social phenomenon, e.g. its functions, effects and use in public operations and in society in general; ii) auditing and organisational change; iii) institutionalisation and professionalisation of auditing.

Page Manager: Anna Andersson|Last update: 6/29/2010

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