The roots of Public Management Research (PUMAR) at Lund University School of Economics and Management can at least be dated back to the 1960s and 1970s. In the early years the research was quite fragmented and connected to individual researchers. However the research volume expanded also in the 1980ies.
In 1984 KEFU, a research unit for municipal research was founded by the university and the local government in south of Sweden. Since then PUMAR research has covered a wide range of research topics. Privatization, competition, DRG-pricing, cost management and management control techniques inspired by private companies are examples of research areas of early interest. In the beginning the target group for the researcher was mainly the local government politicians and officers in Sweden. This target group is still very important but since the end of 1990ies the research has also been more and more directed to the international research community.
Local government (County Councils and Municipals) is PUMARs main empirical focus, but with a growing interest in the governance and management of central government.