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Social expenditures and public administration: are local social assistance costs in Sweden a matter of organisation?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no 2, 215-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the connection between organisational factors and local social assistance expenditures in Swedish municipalities. The organisation of social assistance units, particularly those for the intake of social assistance inquirers, and the possible implications for local social assistance costs are highlighted. The study is based on interview data from medium-sized Swedish municipalities combined with register data covering the years from 1997 to 2001. The results show that socioeconomic factors have an overall dominant effect, but also that organisational factors co-vary with local social assistance expenditures. The results show a cost-reducing effect for special intake units: firstly, when these units are analysed together with other forms of specialisation and secondly, when staff resources are taken into account. Thus, specialised intake organisation by itself does not play a cost-reducing role, but does so in combination with certain other factors that characterise the internal organisation of the social welfare office.

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2010. Vol. 19, no 2, 215-224 p.
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public administration, social assistance, intake, organisation, social expenditures
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49117DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00652.xISI: 000274952000010OAI: diva2:376477
authorCount :1Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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