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Det är ju inte politik - En studie av politikers syn på sin roll i LVU - ärenden

Adnerhill, Josefin LU and Johansson, Christer LU (2012) SOPA63 20112
School of Social Work
Abstract
“This is not politics” A study of politicians views on their role in matters concerning The care of young persons act (LVU)

The purpose of this study was to investigate what politicians who handles matters concerning exercise of authority towards individuals feel and experience in terms of the decision making process. The study is focused towards decision making in cases regarding The care of young persons act (LVU). We used Max Weber’s theory on bureaucracy and power alongside Börjesson and Rehn’s theories on power. The study was conducted in qualitative manner, based on six semi-structured interviews with commissioners from the Social Welfare Board in a Swedish municipality. The six interviewees were all a part of the boards... (More)
“This is not politics” A study of politicians views on their role in matters concerning The care of young persons act (LVU)

The purpose of this study was to investigate what politicians who handles matters concerning exercise of authority towards individuals feel and experience in terms of the decision making process. The study is focused towards decision making in cases regarding The care of young persons act (LVU). We used Max Weber’s theory on bureaucracy and power alongside Börjesson and Rehn’s theories on power. The study was conducted in qualitative manner, based on six semi-structured interviews with commissioners from the Social Welfare Board in a Swedish municipality. The six interviewees were all a part of the boards committee that handles matters concerning individuals. We were also invited to attend meetings both with the board and the committee. The collected material generated themes from which we made our analysis; democracy, bureaucracy, politicians and apolitical decisions, power and acting space and the influence over social secretary profession. Our results show that the politicians describe their task as time consuming and demanding and that their assignment in the decision making is being the citizens’ trustees in particularly severe matters. They feel that they have room to act and power to do what they feel is best, but also that they in an overwhelming ma-jority of the cases follow the recommended decision of the social worker. They describe that they, when making decisions regarding individuals, are not influenced by politics, but instead by a common sense and compassion. They also feel that their participation is beneficial to the social worker, as they then can continue their relation with their clients in a good manner. (Less)
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author
Adnerhill, Josefin LU and Johansson, Christer LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20112
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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politicians in social work, exercise of authority, democracy, LVU, politik, myndighetsutövning
language
Swedish
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2294286
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2012-01-16 17:09:28
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  abstract     = {“This is not politics” A study of politicians views on their role in matters concerning The care of young persons act (LVU) 

The purpose of this study was to investigate what politicians who handles matters concerning exercise of authority towards individuals feel and experience in terms of the decision making process. The study is focused towards decision making in cases regarding The care of young persons act (LVU). We used Max Weber’s theory on bureaucracy and power alongside Börjesson and Rehn’s theories on power. The study was conducted in qualitative manner, based on six semi-structured interviews with commissioners from the Social Welfare Board in a Swedish municipality. The six interviewees were all a part of the boards committee that handles matters concerning individuals. We were also invited to attend meetings both with the board and the committee. The collected material generated themes from which we made our analysis; democracy, bureaucracy, politicians and apolitical decisions, power and acting space and the influence over social secretary profession. Our results show that the politicians describe their task as time consuming and demanding and that their assignment in the decision making is being the citizens’ trustees in particularly severe matters. They feel that they have room to act and power to do what they feel is best, but also that they in an overwhelming ma-jority of the cases follow the recommended decision of the social worker. They describe that they, when making decisions regarding individuals, are not influenced by politics, but instead by a common sense and compassion. They also feel that their participation is beneficial to the social worker, as they then can continue their relation with their clients in a good manner.},
  author       = {Adnerhill, Josefin and Johansson, Christer},
  keyword      = {politicians in social work,exercise of authority,democracy,LVU,politik,myndighetsutövning},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Det är ju inte politik - En studie av politikers syn på sin roll i LVU - ärenden},
  year         = {2012},
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