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En organisation, en röst? - Hur upplever olika målgruppers intresseorganisationer sin påverkan på den kommunala policyprocessen

Holmer, Fredrik LU (2013) STVM20 20132
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This paper tries to contribute to the research on governance in Swedish municipalities. The investigation compares the relationship between Civil Society Organizations representing two different social groups and the municipality. Schneider & Ingram´s theory on social construction of target groups and the concepts of dependents and advantaged is used as an analytical tool. It is hence a comparative study focusing on CSOs representing the dependents (the homeless) and the advantaged (small businessmen). Do the CSOs perceive their influence on the local municipality similarly? The study is based on interviews with CSO personnel with long experience of municipality interaction.
The findings show that small business organizations have a... (More)
This paper tries to contribute to the research on governance in Swedish municipalities. The investigation compares the relationship between Civil Society Organizations representing two different social groups and the municipality. Schneider & Ingram´s theory on social construction of target groups and the concepts of dependents and advantaged is used as an analytical tool. It is hence a comparative study focusing on CSOs representing the dependents (the homeless) and the advantaged (small businessmen). Do the CSOs perceive their influence on the local municipality similarly? The study is based on interviews with CSO personnel with long experience of municipality interaction.
The findings show that small business organizations have a favorable view of their possibility to influence polices. In short, their CSOs and the municipality enjoy working together; they feel they sit in the same boat steering together towards the same direction. By contrast, the organizations representing the homeless are either treated as an unwelcome nuisance and hence have minimal influence or have no ambition to influence the municipality. There is agreement on the goal; eradication of homelessness, but CSO input towards this achievement is regarded as inexpert contribution. To continue above analogy, there is a boat wanting to head to shore but the crew is alternatively deaf, blind or mute. (Less)
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author
Holmer, Fredrik LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM20 20132
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Goveranance, Civil Society, Social Constructivism
language
Swedish
id
4128338
date added to LUP
2013-11-29 12:54:25
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2013-11-29 12:54:25
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  abstract     = {This paper tries to contribute to the research on governance in Swedish municipalities. The investigation compares the relationship between Civil Society Organizations representing two different social groups and the municipality. Schneider & Ingram´s theory on social construction of target groups and the concepts of dependents and advantaged is used as an analytical tool. It is hence a comparative study focusing on CSOs representing the dependents (the homeless) and the advantaged (small businessmen). Do the CSOs perceive their influence on the local municipality similarly? The study is based on interviews with CSO personnel with long experience of municipality interaction. 
The findings show that small business organizations have a favorable view of their possibility to influence polices. In short, their CSOs and the municipality enjoy working together; they feel they sit in the same boat steering together towards the same direction. By contrast, the organizations representing the homeless are either treated as an unwelcome nuisance and hence have minimal influence or have no ambition to influence the municipality. There is agreement on the goal; eradication of homelessness, but CSO input towards this achievement is regarded as inexpert contribution. To continue above analogy, there is a boat wanting to head to shore but the crew is alternatively deaf, blind or mute.},
  author       = {Holmer, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {Goveranance,Civil Society,Social Constructivism},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {En organisation, en röst? - Hur upplever olika målgruppers intresseorganisationer sin påverkan på den kommunala policyprocessen},
  year         = {2013},
}