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Hidden policy conflicts? Administrative strategies to manage depoliticisation
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8017-8359
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5246-1605
2022 (English)In: Acta Politica, ISSN 0001-6810, E-ISSN 1741-1416, Vol. 58, no 4, p. 819-836Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a way to manage political disagreements over public policies, political representatives might be tempted to avoid open discussions by depoliticising political issues—hoping that the confict may eventually disappear. When decision-makers employ such strategies, it is up to the administration to make political priorities and manage unresolved policy conficts. Earlier studies indicate that there are at least two strategies that administrators can employ to manage such ambiguities: (re)framing and technical depoliticisation. This article reveals that public administrators also employ a third framing strategy: repoliticisation, where administrators seek to endow their policy areas with political power by connecting politicians to the work and implementation of policies. The study is based on 38 interviews from 11 municipalities in Sweden. © The Author(s) 2022

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Vol. 58, no 4, p. 819-836
Keywords [en]
Depoliticisation, Policy confict, Administrative strategies, Sweden
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Public Administration Studies
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Smart Cities and Communities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48536DOI: 10.1057/s41269-022-00266-3ISI: 000868959500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85140042972OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-48536DiVA, id: diva2:1706539
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-02169Available from: 2022-10-26 Created: 2022-10-26 Last updated: 2023-11-28Bibliographically approved

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