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Arbetsförmedlare mellan uppdrag och verklighet: En kvalitativ studie om arbetsförmedlares handlingsutrymme
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Employment officer between mission and reality (English)
Abstract [en]

This is a study about employment officers at the Swedish public employment service. The aim of this study was to examine how they understand and use their discretion in their daily work. We used a qualitative method and the data was gathered by semi-structured interviews with eight employment officers working at the same office in a small town in Sweden. Lipskys theory about street-level bureaucracy and Lazarus description of coping theory are applied to analyze the empirical data. The work for the Swedish employment officers have changed over the last years with an increasing focus on control and administration. The results from the study show that the employment officers considered that they have a freedom of action in their daily work about planning their meetings, but all of them thinks that the administration, and the fact that they have to handle too many unemployed means that they are lack of time, what leads to a negative impact on their discretion. All of the interviewed subjects indicated that the Swedish public employment service has a top-down organization. We found that the informants used a unified strategy to cope dilemmas by referring to the existing laws, both when they handled disgruntled unemployed and even as a way to cope their own liable situations. They could interpret the laws in different ways and they took help from the colleagues at the local office to decide how to interpret the laws. Even if dilemma was common in their work with the unemployed, they considered that their mission to control was mainly positive. The main reasons, to how the employment officers margin for manoeuvre are limited, appears to be the laws, the regulations and the available efforts for the unemployed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
employment officer, discretion, street-level bureaucrat, coping theory
Keyword [sv]
arbetsförmedlare, handlingsutrymme, gräsrotsbyråkrat, copingteorin
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31620OAI: diva2:690663
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
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Available from: 2014-01-29 Created: 2014-01-24 Last updated: 2014-01-29Bibliographically approved

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