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Offentliganställda informatörer - lojala med medborgare, politiker eller förvaltningsledning
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Information officers – a threat against democracy? Our question about where the information officers in government administration have their loyalty was raised under a lecture on this subject. Is it with the citizens, the head of government administration or the politicians? Since this question can be experienced as sensitive or difficult to give an unambiguous answer to we decided to use a qualitative method. We carried out eight interviews with information officers in government administration in Värmland. In this essay we study Lennart Lundquists “ämbetsmannaskolor” that represents four different approaches to which group the information officers see as their primary relationship, citizens, head of government administration or politicians? We also want to investigate the conditions for the information officers. Therefore we study how the public communication has developed from one way to two way communication and how the government administration have adapted the market economy’s conditions to keep up with the development of our society. We also find it interesting to examine whether this development has affected the information officers working conditions and their relations to citizens and superiors. Ethical considerations are something that we think can cause problems of loyalty and therefore we study if the ethics can affect information officers relations earlier mentioned. Our result shows that the information officers’ loyalty is a complex question because they have to be loyal against all of the groups. They have to be loyal to their employer, the government administration, and work towards their goals. In a larger perspective the citizens are the information officers’ assigners and therefore they also have to show loyalty to them and the politicians that are elected by the people. There are no options in a democracy since the law states that the people have the power. There can still be problems with loyalty since the demands from citizens and superiors may collide. Our results shows that if the informant officers would be confronted with a situation they feel is incompatible with their own ethics they would consider to leave their post.

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2003. , 49 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-57362Local ID: MKV C-31OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-57362DiVA: diva2:1121973
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Media and Communication Studies
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