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Activation Reform and Inter-Agency Co-operation: Local Consequences of Mixed Modes of Governance in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7382-5677
2016 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 50, no 1, 19-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organizational reform has become a recurring solution to problems of social exclusion andunemployment. In Europe, and other parts of the world, there is a trend towards policies of‘activation’ in employment and social policy. The idea of flexible, individualized and tailor-madeservices is coupled with managerial and market-based reforms as well as collaborative governance.In these complex structures of service provision, coordination and inter-agency co-operation havebecome key concerns. Based on a study of a recent reform of programmes for newly arrived refugeesin Sweden (Etableringsreformen), this article seeks to contribute to the literature on governanceof ‘activation’ by examining the consequences of mixed modes of governance (market and collaborative)on local inter-agency co-operation. Drawing on data from in-depth case studies in twomunicipalities, it is demonstrated how the coupling of managerial practices and quasi-markets withexisting collaborative arrangements has created barriers for inter-agency co-operation. The resultsindicate that institutional tensions between governance forms represent an important factor forexplaining governance failure in this policy area.

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2016. Vol. 50, no 1, 19-38 p.
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Governance, Activation, Inter-agency co-operation, Refugees, Sweden
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125690DOI: 10.1111/spol.12124ISI: 000371068200002OAI: diva2:894774
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2016-03-29Bibliographically approved

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