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The wide-meshed safety net: Decision-making on social assistance eligibility in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 20, no 5, 711-723 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores and analyses, with the help of both client and social worker data on 423 applications for social assistance in Sweden, (i) the extent to which social assistance benefits and labour market strengthening measures are granted and (ii) factors concerning clients as well as social workers that are associated with the granting of benefits. Considering (i), the results show that social assistance is granted in about 74% of cases while only 6% of applicants are granted additional labour market strengthening measures. With regard to (ii), the results indicate that the granting of benefits seems to depend on abroad spectrum of factors at both the client and the social worker levels. For example, more experienced social workers are less willing to grant social assistance while chances increase when an applicant is already registered at the local public employment service and/or social insurance office. Moreover, the granting of benefits also co-varies withmore or less invariable factors at the client level: social workers are in general more generous towards women and people born outside Sweden, but rather less generous vis-à-vis single parents. The findings are discussed in terms of workfare and professionalization among social workers.

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2017. Vol. 20, no 5, 711-723 p.
Keyword [en]
Social assistance, social workers, clients, decision- making
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130208DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1255596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130208DiVA: diva2:927002
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-0790
Available from: 2016-05-10 Created: 2016-05-10 Last updated: 2017-10-05Bibliographically approved

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