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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 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.

Area of interests

Public administration, democratic accountability and effects of audit 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’s latest publication is Auditing Good Government in Africa. Public Sector Reform, Professional Norms and the Development Discourse (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).


Gustavson has a broad teaching experience and has taught in subjects such as public law, evaluation of the public sector and organization theory. 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.

Contact Information


Room, C427

46 (0) 31-786 5190

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