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Traits of a representative welfare model - The Swedish example

Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 402-411
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: International Journal of Social Welfare
Volym: 19
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Wiley-Blackwell


The care manager reform and the case manager reform are new reforms in the social care services in Sweden, which are evolving during the 2000s. Together they shape the social care services introducing a new way of decision-making where representatives for the organisation (care manager) and the users (case manager) negotiate. The reforms have been analysed in two studies with results presented in this article. Using the concepts of role, orientation, function and assignments, it is argued that the managers come to the negotiations on rights from different positions that are both conflicting and complementary. They further mediate the development towards a welfare mix, where the market, social networks and users interact to obtain the public welfare provision. Through this negotiated rights model, it is argued that traits of a representative welfare state emerge, with the distinction of moving the focus to the administrative practices and their differences away from political ideologies.


  • Nursing
  • negotiated rights model
  • representative welfare
  • case management
  • care
  • management
  • social work division


  • ISSN: 1369-6866

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