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Maria Gustavson


Maria Gustavson received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg in 2012, and is a researcher and teacher 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.

Research interests

Public administration, democratic accountability and the impact of auditing on public sector performance. 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 organization and assessment of school systems, 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. The course is given as a part of the core courses in educational science for all teacher education programs at the University of Gothenburg.


Publications (in selection)

Gustavson, M. 2014. Auditing Good Government in Africa. Public Sector Reform, Professional Norms and the Development Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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. 2012. Auditing the African State. International Standards and Local Adjustments. (Diss.). Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg. 

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.


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