Bag Lukkede Døre - Om Embedsmæmd & Legitimitet: Behind Closed Doors - Concerning Civil Servants & Legitimacy

Eva Carmen Finnerup, Roar Sejr Hyldkrog Bramming, Eva Engel Wallin & Oscar Hannibal Højsteen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines tendencies and correlations in the state of the Danish public-sector throughput- legitimacy. This is examined through 27 cases, chosen from public-sector scandals within the period 1993-2014. In order to examine the state of Danish throughput-legitimacy, the theories of Max Weber, David Easton, and Vivien Schmidt is used to establish a theoretical framework. This framework is supported by the Danish norms of ethical governance, as expressed by the Danish public-sector union DJØF, and the seven duties for government officials written down in the document Codex VII. With this theoretical framework, the project sets out to answer its research question through a sequential mixed methods approach, starting with 1) a qualitative content analysis of the 27 cases, followed by 2) a quantitative data-analysis, and ending with 3) a qualitative analytic discussion. In the two first phases, closed codes is constructed from the theory, used qualitatively in order to understand the individual cases, and used quantitatively in order to generate a dataset for the data analysis. From the numeric data generated from the coding of the 27 cases, the project finds a number of tendencies and correlations: There is a tendency for breaches in Schmidt’s criteria for accountability, and breaches of Codex VII’s duty of truthfulness, along with overlaps between breaches in transparency and efficacy, and transparency and leadership accountability. Furthermore, the data analysis shows a negative tendency for breaches in Schmidt’s criteria of interest mediation, and Codex VII’s duty of party-political neutrality. Finally the data analysis shows correlations between breaches in transparency and the duty of truthfulness, and between interest mediation and transparency. During the numeric data-generation of the qualitative content analysis, the project also finds that the Danish legal structure impedes the system’s ability to be transparent. The project concludes that the reasons behind these tendencies and correlations boils down to problems with accountability and transparency in the Danish public sector. This harms the Danish political system’s throughput-legitimacy as a whole, which can have serious implications for the democratic legitimacy of the Danish state.

UddannelserPolitik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereBirgitte Poulsen


  • Poulsen
  • Embedsmand
  • Weber
  • Embedsmænd