Maria Gustavson received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg in 2012, and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and the Quality of Government Institute. With comparative perspectives from the literature on organizations and the literature on development, her thesis, Auditing the African State –International Standards and Local Adjustments, discusses the implementation of international public audit standards in African contexts.
Public administration, democratic accountability and effects of audit on public sector performance. How "good auditing" may be defined, from a democratic perspective. Public sector reforms in developing countries, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa, the dynamics between international norms and local contexts.
Gustavson has a broad teaching experience and has taught in subjects such as auditing and evaluation of the public sector, organization theory and public law. Today she is responsible for and teaches in the course Steering, Organization and Assessment (7.5 hp) within the preschool teachers program. The course is given as a part of the core courses in educational science for all teacher education programs at the University of Gothenburg.
Gustavson, M. 2014. Auditing Good Government in Africa. Public Sector Reform, Professional Norms and the Development Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gustavson, M. 2012. Auditing the African State. International Standards and Local Adjustments. (Diss.). Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg.
Gustavson, M. & Rothstein, B. 2013. Can Auditing Generate Social Trust? The Organisation of Auditing and the Quality of Government. In Reuter, M., Wijkström, F. & Kristensson-Uggla, B. Trust and Organizations. Confidence across Borders. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gustavson, M. & Karlsson, L. 2013. Revision. In Johansson, V. & Lindgren, L., Uppdrag offentlig granskning. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Gustavson, M. & Rothstein B. 2012. Tillit till makten att granska: Revisionens organisering och dess betydelse för den offentliga förvaltningen. In Reuter, M., Wijkström, F. & Kristensson-Uggla, B., Vem i hela världen kan man lita på? Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Gustavson, M. 2013. Controlling the Power of the Bureaucracy. What is “Good Auditing” and How Does It Generate Democratic Accountability?, APSA, Chicago, August 29-September 1.
Gustavson, M. 2012. Professional norms in African contexts. The forgotten dimension in development theory, QoG Working Paper 2012:10, Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg.
Gustavson, M. 2012. Inappropriate imported models of administration? Adding dimensions to public sector reform in Sub-Saharan African countries, IPSA, Madrid, July 8-12.
Gustavson, M. 2010. International Audit Standards and Local Adjustments – The Case of Botswana, QoG conference, Prague 13- 16 December.
Gustavson, M. 2010. Organizations and Development –Two approaches to public administration reforms in African countries, SWEPSA, Gothenburg, 30 September – 2 October.
Gustavson, M. 2009. Translation, social worlds and boundary objects, QoG Working Paper 2009:22, Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg.
Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management. Together with Carl Dahlström, Viktor Lapuente, Monika Bauhr and Marina Nistotskaya, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences: 7 074 000 SEK, 2015-2018
Building Accountability: Transparency, Civil Society and Administrative Responses. Working Package 11 (WP11) within EU FP 7 Large Consortium Grant: ANTICORRP, Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses, European Commission: 7 999 182 EURO, 2012-2017. WP11, 1 300 000 EURO, 2013-2015.
Organizing the Audit Society: What is Good Auditing and How Does it Impact Public Sector Performance? Together with Bo Rothstein, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, The Swedish Research Council: 1 992 000 SEK, 2012-2015.
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