Göran Sundström
Göran Sundström

Professor of Political Science
e-mail: goran.sundstrom@score.su.se
telephone: +46 8 674 74 05

Göran Sundström is Professor of Political Science. His research is on public administration and administrative reform, the Europeanization of nation states, core executives, the role of civil servants in a transformed state, governance and institutional theory.

His most recent book Marknadsstaten (Liber 2017), co-authored with Catrin Andersson och Magnus Erlandsson, summarizes a project on how the Swedish state organizes markets. The project is part of a larger research program called “Organizing markets”, which Sundström led together with Nils Brunsson and Christina Garsten between 2009 and 2014.

Together with Bengt Jacobsson and Jon Pierre, Sundström has also written the book Governing the Embedded State. The Organizational Dimension of Governance (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book summarizes finding from a five year long research program situated at Score on the Swedish core executive and the way it governs the state. Earlier books emanating from this project are the edited volume Organizing Democracy. The Constructing of Agency in Practice (Edward Elgar, 2010), co-edited with Linda Soneryd and Staffan Furusten, the edited volume Samhällsstyrning i förändring (Liber, 2009), co-edited with Jon Pierre, the book Regeringskansliet, (Liber, 2007) co-authored with Rune Premfors, and the book Från hemvävd till invävd. Europeiseringen av svensk politik och förvaltning (Liber, 2006), co-authored with Bengt Jacobsson.

At present Sundström is leading three projects. The first examines the Swedish Transport Administration’s (Trafikverket) strive at becoming “a modern agency”. An edited volume is planned to be published in 2017. The second examines Swedish development cooperation policy (biståndspolitik) during 2006-2014 and the government’s efforts to implement the so called “results agenda”. A book is planned to be published in 2017. The third project – “Organizing for Audit”, which is led by Sundström, Bengt Jacobsson and Jon Pierre – started in 2015 and examines how control activities have evolved and changed within different policy areas within the Swedish state from 1990 to present day.