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Keeping the discussion among civil servants alive: 'Platform of values' as an emerging genre within the public sector in Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Swedish. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4838-3093
Örebro universitet.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2001-7405, E-ISSN 2001-7413, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 17-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A defining feature of contemporary public authorities in Sweden is the production of texts labelled platform of values or core values. Previous research points to three main factors contributing to this development: an increased interest in ethics in the public sector, new forms of management and control, and the importance of the external promotion of public authorities. This paper focuses on the perspective of civil servants when addressing the research question: What are the most important functions of ‘platform of values’ texts? The paper draws on two types of data – a focus group of senior HR officers and a quantitative survey for civil servants. Critical Genre Analysis is presented as a methodological framework for understanding ‘value texts’ as social actions. The results show that ‘platform of values’ practices are connected to the creation of the “ethically aware” civil servant; that neither their connection to control over civil servants nor to the external promotion of the authority are directly recognised, whereas their connection to goal achievement is; and that the role of the ‘value texts’ as such has been somewhat overrated in previous research – it is the dialogue about the values that matters

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Göteborg: School of public administration , 2018. Vol. 22, no 3, p. 17-38
Keywords [en]
platform of values, critical genre analysis, text, civil servant, management reform
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-28752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-28752DiVA, id: diva2:1256755
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En ny genre och dess arkeologi: Svenska myndigheters värdegrunder
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P15-0119Available from: 2018-10-18 Created: 2018-10-18 Last updated: 2018-10-18Bibliographically approved

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