The Performance Information Demand Dataset: Swedish Governments’ Request for Performance Information from Central Government Agencies 1993 – 2017

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Helena Wockelberg - Uppsala University orcid

Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg - Uppsala University, Department of Government orcid

Research principal

Uppsala University - Department of Government rorId


The data in this database has been collected mainly from appropriation directives issued by the Swedish government to 188 central government agencies 1993 to 2017. It contains variables that describe the formal steering tools applied by governments, such as choice of management model, financial steering, organizational steering, performance information demands, etc. It also contains information about agency characteristics and the governments in office.

Data contains personal data


Type of personal data

Names of ministers included in variables V16a and V16b


Method and outcome


Formal steering of Swedish central government agencies, agency and government characteristics.

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Strategic sampling.

Time period(s) investigated

1993 – 2017



Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Content coding
  • Sample size: 1939
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Government

Funding 1

  • Funding agency: The Swedish Research Council
  • Funding agency's reference number: Dnr 2011-01364
  • Project name on the application: The Politics of Public Management Policy: Explaining and Evaluating Public Performance Management in Sweden [Kampen om byråkratin – varför blev effektivitet och styrbarhet förvaltningspolitisk överideologi?]

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
  • Funding agency's reference number: P16-0496
  • Project name on the application: A Swedish Model of Administration? State Level Agency Autonomy from a Multi-Dimensional Perspective [Finns det en svensk förvaltningsmodell? Förvaltningsmyndigheternas självständighet studerad ur ett multi-dimensionellt perspektiv]
Topic and keywords

Research area

Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


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Ahlbäck Öberg, S., & Wockelberg, H. (2021). Agency Control or Autonomy? : Government Steering of Swedish Government Agencies 2003–2017. In International Public Management Journal (Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 330–349).
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-416121

Wockelberg, H., & Ahlbäck Öberg, S. (2021). Explaining the Dynamics of Management by Objectives and Results Post-NPM : The Case of the Swedish National Executive. In Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration (Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 43–72).
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-445708

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Published: 2022-03-23