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Jag lydde bara order: Byråkratins strukturella konsekvenser för tillämpningen av ett Individ- och helhetsperspektiv
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
I just obeyed order (English)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we have studied the consequences of the bureaucratic or-ganizational structure for the individual- and holistic perspective pre-scribed in the Swedish legislation for social work. We have asked what consequences bureaucratic organizational structure in Max Weber’s terms can have for the individual and how it can affect the street level bureaucrats’ work performance. This is a theoretical study using and comparing earlier theoretical and empirical studies. Several organizational aspect of bureaucracy, listed and discussed in this study, makes it more difficult to implement the prescribed individual- and holistic perspective. At the same time it is demonstrated that the very same organizational features gives the street level bureaucrats the tools to an administrative fast and effective process. Bureaucracy can also create loyalty-bonds, demonstrated in this study, which render possible a structure where one closes the eyes to eventual moral dilemmas that may have negative consequences for the client.

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2008. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Bureaucracy, rationalization, moral, ethics, loyalty, control, distance, collective organization, dehumaniza-tion, authority, labour division, hierarchy, individual- and holistic perspective
Keyword [sv]
Byråkrati, rationalisering, moral, etik, lojalitet, arbetsdelning, avstånd, auktoritet, hierarki, kollektiv organi-sering, kontroll, avhumanisering och avpersonifiering, individ- och helhetsperspektiv.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26177OAI: diva2:207495

Available from: 2009-03-13 Created: 2009-03-11 Last updated: 2009-03-13Bibliographically approved

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