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Municipalities' Capacity to Prepare: A Mixed Method Approach to How Social Investments are Influenced by the Municipalities' Characteristics

Eklund, Felicia LU (2016) WPMM40 20161
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Social investment is a concept that often refers to interventions with at-risk target populations in order to “prepare” these individuals, rather than “repair” them once the risk factors has become problems. An increasing number of Swedish municipalities work with social investments, and the purpose of this research is to determine if certain characteristics of the municipalities affect this work. The characteristics tested in the analysis are the municipalities’ financial situation, organizational size, political ability to act and political cooperation. These characteristics were chosen based on an internal determinant approach from the field of policy innovation and background interviews. Mixed methods are used, and these are mainly... (More)
Social investment is a concept that often refers to interventions with at-risk target populations in order to “prepare” these individuals, rather than “repair” them once the risk factors has become problems. An increasing number of Swedish municipalities work with social investments, and the purpose of this research is to determine if certain characteristics of the municipalities affect this work. The characteristics tested in the analysis are the municipalities’ financial situation, organizational size, political ability to act and political cooperation. These characteristics were chosen based on an internal determinant approach from the field of policy innovation and background interviews. Mixed methods are used, and these are mainly regression analysis and semi-structured interviews with two associations and in total ten municipalities. The conclusion is that the organizational size of the municipalities is the characteristic that matters the most for work with social investments. Large municipalities work with social investments more often than small ones, and they are better prepared to handle the tasks involved in the concept. This also makes large municipalities more ambitious in their work with social investments, since they more often have the required capacity to work with more advanced methods. (Less)
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Eklund, Felicia LU
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WPMM40 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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social investment, characteristics, municipalities, policy innovation, functionality
language
English
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8873306
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2016-06-17 12:42:14
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  abstract     = {Social investment is a concept that often refers to interventions with at-risk target populations in order to “prepare” these individuals, rather than “repair” them once the risk factors has become problems. An increasing number of Swedish municipalities work with social investments, and the purpose of this research is to determine if certain characteristics of the municipalities affect this work. The characteristics tested in the analysis are the municipalities’ financial situation, organizational size, political ability to act and political cooperation. These characteristics were chosen based on an internal determinant approach from the field of policy innovation and background interviews. Mixed methods are used, and these are mainly regression analysis and semi-structured interviews with two associations and in total ten municipalities. The conclusion is that the organizational size of the municipalities is the characteristic that matters the most for work with social investments. Large municipalities work with social investments more often than small ones, and they are better prepared to handle the tasks involved in the concept. This also makes large municipalities more ambitious in their work with social investments, since they more often have the required capacity to work with more advanced methods.},
  author       = {Eklund, Felicia},
  keyword      = {social investment,characteristics,municipalities,policy innovation,functionality},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Municipalities' Capacity to Prepare: A Mixed Method Approach to How Social Investments are Influenced by the Municipalities' Characteristics},
  year         = {2016},
}