Sweden: the Quest for Co-ordination

  • Neil C. M. Elder
  • Edward C. Page
Part of the Transforming Government book series (TRGO)


In January 1997 the summit of the Swedish state, the Cabinet Office, Statsrådsberedning,1 was reformed. Quite how dramatic the reform will turn out to be in practice remains, after only a few months, difficult to determine. The intentions behind the reform were, however, clear. The reforms aimed at transforming the way the government worked:

New working forms and procedures must be prioritized to stimulate an overall and a long-term perspective…. Political questions need increasingly to be handled in cross-sectoral working groups on the basis of projects with limited tasks and fixed timetables.2

The reform, in fact, involved the whole government organization — ministries as well as the Cabinet Office — since it sought to create a single Government Office out of the thirteen ministries and other organizations that made up the Chancery.


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  • Neil C. M. Elder
  • Edward C. Page

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