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date: 24 May 2020

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Recurring themes relating to the central constitutional principles of the public sector and the courts can be summarized as administrative dualism (administrative agencies are organized in separate units outside the ministries) and institutional autonomy. The scope of the dual Swedish administrative model, as well as how much institutional autonomy government agencies and the courts are granted by the Constitution, have been strongly debated. These debates exemplify what we refer to as “the Swedish Constitution as a story of unresolved issues.” Paradoxically, substantial constitutional reforms in this area rarely come about due to regular constitutional reform-making in Sweden. Instead, they are often the result of formally less demanding political decision-making.

Keywords: public sector, central government, local government, courts, administrative dualism, institutional autonomy, negotiated unclarity, constitutionalism, Instrument of Government

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