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Establishing Change, Determining Responsibility: Policy ideology and implementation in the Swedish reform for the establishment of newly arrived refugees

Ennerberg, Elin LU (2011) WPMM32 20111
Sociology
Abstract
This thesis addresses the new policy reform for the establishment of newly arrived refugees in Sweden from a welfare policy perspective. The establishment reform aims to further integration of newly arrived refugees into Swedish society by transferring responsibility from local municipalities to the Public Employment Service and by introducing a private actor in the process. In the thesis I analyse the ideology of the policy as well as the implementation process in a local municipality. The study is based on documentary analysis as well as observations and interviews with local civil servants during the preparation process in the autumn 2010. By using the theoretical perspective of activation I situate the policy in a broader context of... (More)
This thesis addresses the new policy reform for the establishment of newly arrived refugees in Sweden from a welfare policy perspective. The establishment reform aims to further integration of newly arrived refugees into Swedish society by transferring responsibility from local municipalities to the Public Employment Service and by introducing a private actor in the process. In the thesis I analyse the ideology of the policy as well as the implementation process in a local municipality. The study is based on documentary analysis as well as observations and interviews with local civil servants during the preparation process in the autumn 2010. By using the theoretical perspective of activation I situate the policy in a broader context of restructuring of the welfare state and labour market participation. Moreover, by using organization theory and implementation theory I consider the policy process and institutional change in relation to this reform. By linking civil servants’ discourses to the political purpose of the policy I show that the dominant political ideology is used and accepted on a local level. However, structural gaps of the policy which have not been solved at the political level as well as the local organisational framework which emphasise a broader policy ideology in terms of integration may be impediments to implementation. On the other hand, interpersonal contacts can act as bridges between and within the organization to enable problem-solving. (Less)
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author
Ennerberg, Elin LU
supervisor
organization
course
WPMM32 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
activation, establishment reform, implementation, organization theory, social policy, integration
language
English
id
1964160
date added to LUP
2011-08-23 07:49:30
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2012-02-17 13:57:27
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  abstract     = {This thesis addresses the new policy reform for the establishment of newly arrived refugees in Sweden from a welfare policy perspective. The establishment reform aims to further integration of newly arrived refugees into Swedish society by transferring responsibility from local municipalities to the Public Employment Service and by introducing a private actor in the process. In the thesis I analyse the ideology of the policy as well as the implementation process in a local municipality. The study is based on documentary analysis as well as observations and interviews with local civil servants during the preparation process in the autumn 2010. By using the theoretical perspective of activation I situate the policy in a broader context of restructuring of the welfare state and labour market participation. Moreover, by using organization theory and implementation theory I consider the policy process and institutional change in relation to this reform.  By linking civil servants’ discourses to the political purpose of the policy I show that the dominant political ideology is used and accepted on a local level. However, structural gaps of the policy which have not been solved at the political level as well as the local organisational framework which emphasise a broader policy ideology in terms of integration may be impediments to implementation. On the other hand, interpersonal contacts can act as bridges between and within the organization to enable problem-solving.},
  author       = {Ennerberg, Elin},
  keyword      = {activation,establishment reform,implementation,organization theory,social policy,integration},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Establishing Change, Determining Responsibility: Policy ideology and implementation in the Swedish reform for the establishment of newly arrived refugees},
  year         = {2011},
}