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Legitimation of value practices, value texts, and core values at public authorities
Örebro universitet.
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Swedish.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4838-3093
2019 (English)In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 398-414Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A large number of Swedish public authorities produce 'platform of values' texts that present core values. This article presents a study of how such texts and practices, including the core values they revolve around, are legitimized. Using Van Leeuwen's legitimation framework, three different data sets are analysed: 47 'platform of values' texts, a focus group discussion with seven senior HR officers, and a quantitative questionnaire study answered by civil servants at three public authorities. The analysis shows how the existence of 'platform of values' texts and practices is legitimized through rationalizations, above all by describing the texts as concrete means for reaching specific ends and, with regard to the choice of core values, through a custom-conformity type of authority. Thus, this article addresses discursive transformations of contemporary organizations with a particular focus on available discursive space for critical thinking in the wake of New Public Management and related developments.

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2019. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 398-414
Keywords [en]
Conformity; core values; discursive identity; legitimation; New Public Management; 'platform of values'; professional practice; public authorities; rationalization
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Public Administration Studies
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30080DOI: 10.1177/1750481319842457ISI: 000472027000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065168253OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30080DiVA, id: diva2:1317083
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-07-04Bibliographically approved

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