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Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta

Using analytical frameworks of public ethics when empirically analysing street-level bureaucrats and street-level bureaucracy provides an empirically informed ground to discuss street-level bureaucrats’ decisions, dispositions and reasonings behind actions. While there is a growing discussion on ethics in public administration in general, it seldom includes the ‘street level’. The chapter discusses the need for ethics as an analytical framework in the analysis of street-level work and presents two empirically derived frameworks that can be used for this endeavour, thereby conceptualizing the public ethics of care (PEC) – both quantitative and qualitative analyses are used for elaborating on the concept PEC.

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Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta and Lena Wängnerud

Over the past two decades, a burgeoning field has convincingly established that gender is related to corruption in various ways. While initial research argued for a fairly straightforward relationship between gender and corruption, later research has shown the relationship is more complex. Thus, research has evolved to inquire more closely into how and when the relationship between gender and corruption plays out. Two fruitful theoretical perspectives that have come to be applied is, first, institutional theory and the question of how institutions moderate the relationship between gender and corruption. A second promising perspective is to focus on how accountability mechanisms curbing corruption may be gendered. Both with regard to how established mechanisms of accountability may have different strengths on women and men, respectively, and understanding how gender in itself can work as a mechanism affecting good government.

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Daniel Engster and Helena Olofsdotter Stensöta

This chapter by Engster and Stensöta reviews the literature on the relationship between welfare policies, family policies and child well-being. The authors first outline some of the different ways in which researchers have defined child well-being, and then discuss current research findings on the relationship between general social insurance policies, such as unemployment insurance and public health insurance, and child well-being. The main part of the chapter explores the relationship between family policies including child cash and tax benefits, job-protected paid parenting leaves, public funding for early education and child care, and parenting training classes and objective and subjective measures of child well-being.