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Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Malin Arvidson

Senior lecturer

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Welfare Mix as a Contested Terrain: Political Positions on Government-Non-profit relations at national and local levels in a Social democratic Welfare State

Author

  • Håkan Johansson
  • Malin Arvidson
  • Staffan Johansson

Summary, in English

As welfare states are increasingly challenged and replaced by welfare

mix models, new ideas about the functions of non-profit and voluntary organisations NPVOs) provoke political conflicts that should be reflected in research. This paper explores the significance of political and ideological dimensions to present Changes in the Swedish welfare state regarding NPVOs as welfare services providers. Investigating both national and local level, the study addresses political as well as practical implications of the reframing of NPVOs as service providers rather than being associated with a voice function. The article shows extensive differences between national and local levels as contentious ideological cleavages at national level are dormant in local level politics. Variations in the way relations to NPVOs are structured in practice at local level appear related to factors other than political dimensions. The findings support the development of an analytical framework that reflects political dimensions and allow for empirical focus that includes national and local level politics and practices.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

1601-1619

Publication/Series

Voluntas

Volume

26

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Welfare mix
  • nonprofit
  • civil society
  • social Welfare
  • non-profit
  • service delivery
  • political ideology
  • social democratic Welfare regime

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0957-8765