Karl Lofgren

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Associate Professor School of Government

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Democratic theory, Network governance, Science and technology studies, Scandinavian politics, Information and communication technology policy, Electronic government/democracy, Policy analysis

Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • MSc in Public Administration, Department of Social Sciences, Roskilde University, Denmark

Profile

Dr Karl Löfgren is an Associate Professor in the School of Government. Prior to taking up his current post with Victoria University of Wellington, he held academic positions with Copenhagen University (Denmark), Malmö University (Sweden) and Roskilde University (Denmark). He has been teaching in a number of subfields of political science including comparative politics, public administration/management, public policy and European Union studies. Current research interests include electronic government and service delivery, democratic audit of new forms of local democracy, and policy implementation/organisational changes/reforms in public sector organisations. He has been involved in a number of national and international research projects/networks including being prime investigator for a Nordic research network (2009-2012) and two European COST-actions. He is currently the book review editor for Information Polity (IOS Press), member of the editorial board for a number of academic journals, and on the advisory board for the New Zealand practitioner magazine Public Sector.

Complete publication list

Books

  • Agger, A., Löfgren, K. & Torfing, J. (2010) Lokaldemokrati efter strukturreformen [Local Democracy after the Amalgamation Reform], Roskilde: Roskilde Universitetsforlag.
  • Hall, P. & Löfgren, K. (2006) Politisk Styrning i Praktiken [Political Governance in Practice], Liber Förlag, Malmö.
  • Löfgren, K. (2001) Political Parties and Democracy in the Information Age - The Cases of Sweden and Denmark, Ph.D Serien 2001/5, Institut for Statskundskab, København.
  • Hoff, J., Löfgren, K. & Johansson, S. (1999) Internet og Demokrati - erfaringer fra kommunalvalg 1997 [Internet and Democracy - The Experiences from the 1997 Local Government Election], DJØF forlag, København.

Edited books

  • Lynggaard, K, & Manners, I. and Löfgren, K. (eds) (2015) Research Methods in European Union Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publ.
  • Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (eds) (2013) Politik og administration, Hans Reitzels Forlag, København.

International articles (peer-review)

  • Minh, V.T.H. & Löfgren, K. (2019) ‘An institutional analysis of the fiscal autonomy of public hospitals in Vietnam’, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 6(1): 90-107, Wiley Publisher.
  • Löfgren, K., Macaulay, M., Berman, E. and Plimmer, G. (2018) ‘Expectations, Trust and ‘No Surprises’: Perceptions of Autonomy in New Zealand Crown Entities. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 77(4): 672–684 Wiley Publisher.
  • Hall, P. & Löfgren, K. (2017) ‘Innovation policy as performativity – the Case of Sweden’, International Journal of Public Administration. 40(4):305-316 Taylor & Francis.
  • Minh, V. T. H. & Löfgren, K. (2016) ‘Autonomy of public service delivery agencies in Vietnam and OECD: a comparative institutional perspective’, Asian Journal of Public Affairs. 9 (1): 21-42.
  • Hall, P., Löfgren, K and Peters, G. (2016) ‘Greening the street-level procurer: Challenges in the Strongly Decentralized Swedish system: the Case of Sweden’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 39(4): 467–483, Springer Publisher.
  • Löfgren, K. & Lynggaard, K. (2015). ‘Assessing the EU’s Transatlantic Regulatory Powers Using the Choice of Policy Instruments as Measurement of Preference Attainment’, International Journal of Public Administration. 38(12), Taylor & Francis, pp. 915-925.
  • Meijer, A. & Löfgren, K. (2015) ‘The Neglect of Technology in Theories of Policy Change’,International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age. 2(1) :75-88. Idea Press.
  • Löfgren, K. & Poulsen, B. (2013) ‘Project Management in the Danish Civil Service’, Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration. 17(2), pp. 61-78.
  • Pedersen, J.S. & Löfgren, K. (2012) ‘Public Sector Reforms: New Public Management without Marketisation? The Danish Case’. International Journal of Public Administration, 35(7), Taylor & Francis, pp. 435-447.
  • Keil, D. & Löfgren, K. (2011) ’Grenzenlose Visionen: Die Fehmarnbeltregion im Transitkorridor zwischen Hamburg und Kopenhagen‘[Borderless visions - the Femarn Belt Region as a transit area between Hamburg and Copenhagen]. NORDEUROPAforum, 21(1), pp. 9-39.
  • Löfgren, K. & Jæger, B. (2010) 'The History of the Future: Changes in Danish e-government Strategies 1994-2010', Information Polity, 15(4), IOS Press, pp.253-269.
  • Löfgren, K., Sørensen, E. & Bjerke, F. (2010), 'Lessons learned from the Danish national Phd Programme POLFORSK', European Political Science, 9(3), pp. 420-427.
  • Löfgren, K. & Webster, W.R. (2009) 'Policy innovation, convergence and divergence: considering the policy transfer regulating privacy and data protection in three European countries', Information Polity, 14(4), IOS Press, pp. 279-298.
  • Hall, P., Kettunen, P., Löfgren, K. & Ringholm, T. (2009), 'Is there a Nordic approach to questions of democracy in studies of network governance?’ Local Government Studies 35(5), pp. 515-538.
  • Löfgren, K. & Sørensen, E. (2009) 'How do we metagovern policy networks in e-government?' International Journal of Electronic Government Research, (5)4, Idea Press. pp. 43-56.
  • Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (2008) 'Democratic Assessment of Collaborative Planning', Planning Theory. (7)2. Sage Publ. pp. 145-164.
  • Löfgren, K. (2007) 'The Governance of E-government: A Governance Perspective on the Swedish E-government Strategy', Public Policy and Administration, (22)3. Sage Publ. pp. 335 - 352.
  • Hall, P. & Löfgren, K. (2004) 'The Rise and Decline of a Visionary Policy: Swedish ICT-policy in Retrospect', Information Polity, (9)3-4. IOS Press, pp. 149 - 165.
  • Hoff, J., Löfgren, K. & Torpe, L. (2003) 'The State we are in: E-democracy in Denmark', Information Polity, (8)1-2, IOS Press, pp. 49-66.
  • Löfgren, K., Andersen, K.V. & Sørensen, M. (1999) The Danish Parliament going Virtual, Parliamentary Affairs, (52)3: July. Oxford University Press. pp. 493-502.

Peer-reviewed articles in Scandinavian languages

  • Löfgren, K. & Schultz Jørgensen, T. (2013) Studiet af samarbejdsdreven innovation i den offentlige sektor – implikationerne og erfaringerne fra TRYK Politi [Collaborative innovation in the public sector - experiences from the TRYK Police System], Politica, 45(3), pp. 307-322.
  • Löfgren, K. (2012) 'Netværksstyring og metastyring af e-government' [Network governance and metagovernace of e-goverment], Politik, 15(3), pp. 14-22.
  • Hall, P., Löfgren, K. & Stoltz, P. (2002) 'Att skapa framtiden - styrningsdilemman inom Svensk IT politik' [How to govern the future - governance dilemmas in Swedish ICT-policy], Nordisk Administrativ Tidskrift, 85(4). pp. 349-366.

Editorial contributions

  • Lynggaard, K, Löfgren, K. & Manners, I. (2015), Crossroads in European Union Studies, In Research Methods in European Union Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publ. pp. 3-17.
  • Lynggaard, K, Löfgren, K. & Manners, I. (2015), Research Strategies in European Union Studies: Beyond Dichotomies, In Research Methods in European Union Studies Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publ. pp. 309-321.
  • Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (2013) Politik og administration – et fag i krydsild, Hans Reitzels Forlag, København, pp. 1-18.
  • Godenhjelm, S., Löfgren, K. & Sjöblom, S. (2013) Guest editorial: Projectified Politics – The Role of Temporary Organisations in the Public Sector, Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration. 17(2), pp. 3-12.
  • Backman, C, Löfgren, K. & Strange, M. (2013) Guest editorial: Surveillance regimes in Europe, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 9(1), pp. 1-3.
  • Löfgren, K. & Ringholm, T. (2009) Guest Editorial: New Network Modes of Nordic Local Governance, Local Government Studies 35(5), pp. 505-514.

Chapters to edited collections

  • Löfgren, K. & Webster, C.W.R (2019 – forthcoming) Big data in government: the case of ‘Smart Cities’, In Wilkinson, A. & Storm Pedersen, J. (eds.) Big data: promise, application and pitfalls, Basingstoke: Edward Elgar (in print, manuscript submitted July 2018)
  • Webster, C.W.R., Löfgren, K. and Carones. G. (2019 - forthcoming) The Regulatory Challenge of Big Data: An International Comparison. In: Lyon, D. and Murakami-Wood, D (ed.). Security and Intelligence Surveillance in a Big Data Age. Vancouver: UBC Press (in print, manuscript submitted August 2018).
  • Löfgren, K. & Allen, B (2019) In and Out of Amber – the New Zealand Government Major Projects Performance Reporting, In Hodgson, D, Fred, M., Bailey, S. & Hall, P. (eds.) The Projectification of the Public Sector, Routledge Critical Studies of Management, London: Routledge, pp. 95-111
  • Löfgren, K. & Lynggaard, K. (2017) The European Union: Consumer, Producer or Co-producer of Global Regulatory Authority, in Carey, H.F (ed.) The Challenges of European Governance in the Age of Economic Stagnation, Lanham (MD): Lexington Books pp. 153-164.
  • Löfgren, K. (2015) Implementation studies – beyond a legalistic approach, In Lynggaard, K, Löfgren, K. & Manners, I. (eds.) Research Methods in European Union Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publ.
  • Löfgren, K. (2013) Policy-processer i offentlige organisationer, In Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (2013) Politik og administration, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag.
  • Löfgren, K. (2012) Political Parties in the Information Age: Any Signs of Reintermediation? In Snellen, I. & Thaens, M. and v.d. Donk, W. (eds.)”Public administration in an information age: Revisited” Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (2010) Participatory advisory panels: how democratic are they? In Amnå, E. (ed.) New Forms of Citizen Participation. Normative Implications, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • Löfgren, K. & Sørensen, E. (2009) Metastyrningsprocesser inom elektronisk förvaltning [Metagovernance processes in e-government], i Lindblad-Gidlund, K. et al. (red.) Förvaltning och medborgarskap i förändring: Etablerad praxis och kritiska perspektiv, Lund: Studentlitteratur.
  • Agger, A.& Löfgren, K. (2007) How Democratic are Networks based on Citzen Involvement?, i Boogers, M., Franzke, J., Ruano, J. & Schaap, L. (eds.) Tensions between Governance and Democracy, Amsterdam: Reed Elsevier.
  • Löfgren, K. (2004) Danske politiske partier og internettet - fanger af fortiden [Danish Political Parties and the Internet - Prisoners of the Past] i Hoff, J (red.) Danmark som informationssamfund. Muligheder og barrierer for politik og demokrati, Magtudredningen/Aarhus Universitetsforlag, Århus.
  • Löfgren, K. & Smith, C. (2003) Political Parties and the Impact of New Information Communication Technologies i Rachel Gibson, Paul Nixon and Stephen Ward (eds.) Net Gain? : Political Parties and Democracy in the Information Age, Routledge.
  • Löfgren, K. (2000) Danish Political Parties and New Technology - Interactive Parties or New Shop Windows in Hoff, J. Horrocks, I. & Tops, P. (eds.) Democratic Governance and New Technology: Technologically Mediated Innovations in Political Practices in Western Europe Routledge, ECPR European Politics Series 9.
  • Löfgren, K., Andersen, K.V. & Sørensen, M. (1999) The Danish Parliament Going Virtual in Coleman, S., Taylor, J. & v.d. Donk, W. (eds.) Parliament in the Age of the Internet, Hansard Society Series in Politics and Government, No. 8, Oxford University Press.
  • Viborg Andersen, K. & Westh Nikolajsen, H & Löfgren, K. (1999) IT, design, anvendelse og demokrati [IT, Design, Use and Democracy], Andersen, K.V., Hoff, J., Friis, C., & Nikolajsen Westh, H. (red.) i Informationsteknologi, organisation og forandring - den offentlige sektor under forvandling, DJØF forlag, København.
  • Hoff, J., Löfgren, K. Johansson, S. (1999) Kommunalvalg på Nettet - demokratisk værktøj eller fremtidig pengemaskine? [Local Government on the Net - Democratic Tool or Future Money Maker?] Andersen, K.V., Hoff, J., Friis, C., & Nikolajsen Westh, H. (red.) Informationsteknologi, organisation og forandring - den offentlige sektor under forvandling. DJØF forlag, København.
  • Löfgren, K. (1999) Danske politiske partier på Internet [Danish Political Parties on the Internet] in Andersen, K.V., Hoff, J., Friis, C., & Nikolajsen Westh, H. (red.) Informationsteknologi, organisation og forandring - den offentlige sektor under forvandling. DJØF forlag, København.

Book reviews

  • Löfgren, K. (2018) Book review: Wal v.d. Z., (2017) The 21st Century Public Manager, The Public Management and Leadership series, London: Palgrave. Public Sector, 41(1): 17-18. Institute of Public Administration New Zealand.
  • Löfgren, K. (2012) Book review: Bekkers, Victor, Jurian Edelenbos & Bram Steijn (editors), (2011) 'Innovation in the Public Sector. Linking Capacity and Leadership, Governance and Public Management Series', Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 17(1), article 11.
  • Löfgren, K. (2012) Book review: Colin J. Bennett (2008) 'The Privacy Advocates. Resisting the Spread of Surveillance', Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press, Information Polity, 16(4), 389-390.
  • Löfgren. K. (2009) Book review: Storsul, Tanja and Stuedahl, Dagny (editors) (2007) 'Ambivalence towards Convergence: Digitalization and Media Change', NORDICOM: Kungälv/Sweden, Telecommunications Policy 33(8), 469-470.
  • Löfgren, K. (2008) Book review: Hans Krause Hansen and Jens Hoff (eds.) 'Digital Governance://Networked Societies. Creating Authority, Community and Identity in a Globalized World', Information Polity, 13(1-2), 111-113.
  • Löfgren, K. (2008) Book review: Jan Olsson & Joakim Åstrand (eds.) 'Democratic Egovernance - Approaches and Research Directions', Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, 109(3), 333-336.
  • Löfgren, K. (2004) Book review: Lars Bille & Jørgen Elklit (eds) 'Partiernes medlemmer [The Party Members]' 2003, Politik, 2(7), pp. 96-97.

Other publications (non-refereed articles, reports, conference proceedings, working papers etc) in English

  • Löfgren, K. & Bickerton, S. (2019). Use of academic research and other sources of knowledge in New Zealand housing policy.BRANZ Study Report SR416. Judgeford, New Zealand: BRANZ Ltd
  • Allen, B., Berman, E., Cantal, C., Eppel, E. Jackson, B., Löfgren, K., Macaulay, M., Phillips, B., Plimmer, G., & Hall, D. (2017) Independent Review of the Performance Improvement Framework, Commissioned by the State Service Commission. School of Government and SSC, Wellington.
  • Löfgren, K. and Cavagnoli, D. (2015) The Policy Worker and the Professor – Understanding how New Zealand Policy Workers Utilise Academic Research, Policy Quarterly, 11(3):64-72. Subsequently reprinted in New Zealand Science Review 72(3):67-74.
  • Lips, M., Eppel, E., Sim, D., Barlow, L. and Löfgren, K. (2014) ‘Kiwis Managing their Online Identity Information Interim Report – Survey Findings’, Online working paper. Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Lips, M., Eppel, E., Barlow, L., Löfgren, B., Löfgren, K. and Sim, D. (2015) ‘Kiwis Managing their Online Identity Information Second and Final Research Report – Interview Findings, Focus Group Findings and Project Recommendations’ Online working paper. Victoria University of Wellington
  • Wigorts Yngvesson, S., Mork Lomell, H.K. Lauritsen, P., Albrechtslund, A., Backman, C. and Lofgren, K. (2013), Workshop Report: Scandinavian Exceptionalism and Surveillance Studies, In C. William R. Webster et al. (eds.) The State of Surveillance’
  • Proceedings of LiSS Conference 3, LiSS COST Action: Brussels. pp. 83-85.
  • Green, N., Löfgren, K. & Nagenborn, M. (2013) Overview of the doctoral school, In C. William R. Webster et al. (eds.) The State of Surveillance’ Proceedings of LiSS Conference 3, LiSS COST Action: Brussels. pp. 418-419.
  • Löfgren, K. & Nagenborn, M. (2012) Overview of the doctoral school, In Living in Surveillance Societies: The Ghosts of Surveillance: Proceedings of the Liss Conference 2. red. / WilliamWebster ; Doina Balahur ; Nils Zurawski ; Kees Boersma ; Bence Sagvari ; Christel Backman. pp. 223-224.
  • Agger, A. & Löfgren, K. (2006) How Democratic are Networks Based on Citizen Involvement? Centre for Democratic Network Governance, Roskilde University Centre, working paper 2006/1.
  • Löfgren, K. (1998) Scandinavian Parties on the Net in ECPR News, (10), 9-10.
  • Löfgren, K. & Smith, C. (1999) Political Parties, Democracy and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Theorising the Relationships, Faculty of Business, Glasgow Caledonian University, Working paper no 21, August 1999.
  • Löfgren, K. & Smith, C. (1999) Political Parties, Democracy and New Communication Technologies, COS Research Report 3/1999, Copenhagen Business School. Med Smith, C.

Other publications (non-refereed articles, reports, conference proceedings, working papers etc) in Scandinavian languages

  • Löfgren, K (2016) Konsten att genomföra politiska beslut [The art of implementing political decisions], Socialmedicinsk tidskrift [Journal of Social Medicine], 93(5):510-518.
  • Löfgren, K. (2012) Implementeringsforskning - en kunskapsöversikt, Research review on contemporary implementation studies for "The Commission on a Socially Sustainable City", City of Malmö [both print and online]
  • Löfgren, K. (2009) Offentlig styring i Sverige og UK [Public Management in Sweden and the UK], FTF-dokumentation, nr 10, København
  • Hoff, J. Löfgren, K. & Johansson, S. (2006) DR, Internet og lokaldemokrati [The Danish Broadcasting Company, the Internet and Local Democracy], Institut for statskundskab, Københavns universitet, Working paper 2006/11.
  • Löfgren, K. & Hoff, J. (2001) Hvor står dansk IT-forvaltningsforskning: Svar på Kim Viborg Andersens artikel i Samfundsøkonomen 2000:7 i Samfundsøkonomen no. 1/2001, pp. 31-33 & 35. DJØF Publ.
  • Löfgren, K. (2000) Kunskap, Teknik och Samhälle - En forskningsöversikt, Praktik och Teori no. 4/2000, pp. 72-85, Malmö Högskola, Malmö.
  • Löfgren, K. (2000) Politiske partier, informationsteknologi og demokrati, Samfundsøkonomen, 2000/7, DJØF Forlag, København. pp. 20 - 24.
  • Löfgren, K.(1998) Internet och Statskunskap - en introducerande guide, Teaching Series 1998/1, Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet.

Other publications (non-refereed articles, reports, conference proceedings, working papers etc) in other languages

  • Löfgren, K. (2016) 电子治理与管理者职责 [E-governance and Responsibility of Managers], 上海行政学院学报 [The Journal of Shanghai Administration Institute], 17(6):21-24. (in Chinese).

(This list excludes unpublished conference papers)

Courses

Teaching in 2019