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Görandets rationaliteter.: En kvalitativ studie i vilka rationaliteter som ligger till grund för det politiska handlandet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The rationalities of doing. : A qualitative study regarding which rationalities constitutes the basis of political action. (English)
Abstract [en]

This bottom-up study argue that making of social politics occurs in the meeting between the citizen and the representative of state. In order to generate a deeper understanding of the production of politics, the aim of this study was to identify expressed motivators and arguments in relation to a specific policy, which would unveil the underlying rationalities of actions taken by the specific actors. The policy was introduced in the Växjö municipality in June of 2017 and has changed the benefit distributed by the social services for immigrants waiting to start an employment program through an employment bureau into a loan. 

In-depth interviews study, a total of 9 interviews have been undertaken with; decision-making politicians, public officials working with the policy and service users who have been affected by the policy. The data was processed and analyzed according to themes and to theory on rationality. The results showed that the main rationality forming the actions of politicians and public officials was linked to their ambition of upholding an efficient use of resources for the benefit of municipality economy. The main rationality behind the actions of the service users was to obtain autonomi in their life. An important goal for both parties was that the service users should become self-sustaining. Furthemore, the politicians and public officials clamied the responsibility for goal-fullfilment to realy on the individuals and not on the municipality.

In addition, the results of this study has revealed that the way that politicians and public officials´ view immigrants, has affected the framing of the policy, deriving from a paternalistic understanding. Service users in the study expressed eagerness and high motivation towards starting employment. However, service users in this study viewed the loan as a hindrance rather than a support towards accomplishing the goal of employment, thus becoming autonomic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
bottom-up approach, social policy, integration studies, rationalities
Keywords [sv]
bottom-up perspektiv, socialpolitik, integrationsstudier, rationaliteter
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72884OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72884DiVA, id: diva2:1198155
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Social Work
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Socialt arbete, masterprogram, 120 hp
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Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-16 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved

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