Business Actors as Agents of the State
I am currently involved in 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 School of Economics). 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. One topic discussed is how friction between different aims and values is being handled, another topic of analysis is how corporate accountability is being delimited. The project further relates to discussions of surveillance, constructivist analyses of securitization, and to risk management in the broad sense.
In the project Securitization in Practice - Lawyers in Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism in the UK, Sweden and France headed by professor Ulrika Mörth, Stockholm University, 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. The project raises questions on how these private actors are to align control on behalf of the public principal with existing business practices, the interests of clients, and professional norms and ethics. Interviews with law professionals at major firms concerning how they handle the AML obligations in the everyday are at the core of the empirical analysis.
Other Research Interests
Another research interest is to do with governance and the use of various types of knowledge for control purposes. This includes questions on rule-following, rule-breaking, resistance and identity. Here, I am currently engaged in work on the gendering effects of formalisation in academic promotion.
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. http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/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
Please also refer to the "Publications" document, and the links on the right.
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), with associate professor Jesper Blomberg.
Thesis Advisor, MBM