Since the mid 1990s there has been an increased focus in media on public scandals in Swedish municipalities. This essay sets out to elucidate if there are reasons to believe that public corruption in Swedish municipalities is in fact increasing. By applying instruments from the institutional rational-choice genre, and by illustrating the main argument with empirical illustrations, the author draws the conclusion that there are compelling reasons to believe that organisational reforms during the last two decades – i.e. new public management – have shaped an incentive-structure which favours corrupt activities, hence supposedly increasing their frequency. The essay concludes with a tentative discussion on reform-strategies to counteract increasing corruption, and calls for extensive research on the under-researched topic.
Erlingsson, G.Ó. (2006). ”Organisationsförändringar och ökad kommunal korruption: Existerar ett samband?”Kommunal ekonomi och politik, 8(3): 7-36.