Business Actors as Agents of the State
I work on two interrelated research projects. I am the director of the project "Accountable actorhood - for what and to whom? Private actors as agents of the state in risk-based anti-money laundering" funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation (http://ragnarsoderbergsstiftelse.se/ ). This project is conducted in cooperation with Professor Ulrika Mörth (Dep. of Political Science, Stockholm University), and Associate professor Ebba Sjögren (Dep. of Accounting, Stockholm University). We analyse how the template of the "risk-based approach" to AML translates into practice in three Swedish industries: financial services, accountancy, and law. Questions of accountability are the centre of the project. The project further relates to discussions of surveillance, constructivist analyses of securitization, and to risk management in the broad sense.
In Securitization in Practice - Lawyers in Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism in the UK, Sweden and France, headed by professor Ulrika Mörth, and funded by the Swedish Research Council (http://www.vr.se/), we study how the process of securitization with recourse to private actors is manifested in practice among lawyers in the UK, Sweden and France. This project analyses how these ‘for-profit professionals’ manage to align control and ‘policing’ on behalf of the public principal with existing business practices, the interests of clients, and professional norms and ethics. It further relates to questions on professional identity and resistance.
Other Research Interests
In addition to the above projects, I am currently engaged in empirical analyses of the gendering effects of formalisation in processes of academic promotion (with associate professor Ebba Sjögren).
Other research interests include corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, privatization and new public management reforms, and the interrelationship between knowledge and regulation.
Some publications can be found below. Please also refer to the links on the right, and to the "Publications" document!
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth, (2018) ‘Client Privilege, Compliance and the Rule of Law: Swedish Lawyers and Money Laundering Prevention’, Crime, Law and Social Change, Publsihed early view https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10611-017-9753-8
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth (2016) ‘Involuntary Public Policy-Making by For-Profit Professionals: European Lawyers on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing’, Journal of Common Market Studies
, Vol. 54, No. 5, pp. 1216-1232. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12356/abstract
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg, and Ulrika Mörth (Eds) (2013) The Political Role of Corporate Citizens. An Interdisciplinary Approach. Palgrave Studies in Citizenship Transitions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137026811
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg and Ulrika Mörth (Eds) (2012), Securitization, Accountability and Risk Management: Transforming the Public Security Domain. PRIO New Security Studies. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415680141
Helgesson, Karin Svedberg (2011) ‘Public-Private Partners Against Crime: Governance, Surveillance and the Limits of Corporate Accountability’, Surveillance & Society, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 471-484. https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/4183
Bergström, Maria, Karin Svedberg Helgesson and Ulrika Mörth (2011) ‘A New Role for For-Profit Actors? The Case of Anti-Money Laundering and Risk Management’, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 1043-1064.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02167.x/full
Irene Popoli, Department of Management and Organization, SSE (Co-supervisor).
Johanna Rein, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University (Co-supervisor) http://www.fek.uu.se/institutionen/person.asp?personId=2104
Course Director, Decision Theory (742).
Course Director, Working Together: Gender & Organizations (762).
Thesis Advisor, MBM