Supervision as control system: the design of supervision as a regulatory instrument in the social services sector in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2000-8058, E-ISSN 2001-3310, Vol. 17, no 3, 45-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, the prevailing official view of supervision as a regulatory instrument is examined as it applies to the social services sector in Sweden. The study is based on a comparison of the views expressed on the design of supervision as a regulatory instrument by two government commissions, the Supervision Commission and the Commission on Supervision within the Social Services (UTIS), and on the positions taken by the Government regarding the definitions of the concept of supervision proposed by these commissions. The view of supervision as a regulatory instrument expressed in these policy documents is analysed with the help of a theoretical framework describing the components, their functions and the governance characteristics of control systems. In the framework separate interrelated characteristics of the components are identified and summarized into two models of control systems. The analysis shows that supervision in the Swedish social services sector can be described in terms of both a disciplinary and non-disciplinary system. By its system theoretical basis and the identification of interrelated characteristics the study contributes to a broadened understanding of the construction and functions of supervision as a regulatory instrument and of how supervision within the Swedish social sector is meant to be designed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Förvaltningshögskolan Göteborgs Universitet , 2013. Vol. 17, no 3, 45-63 p.
supervision, regulatory instrument., social services, control systems, oversight
Research subject Hälsa och välfärd, Social tillsyn i retorik och praktik
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-14001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14001DiVA: diva2:711202
ProjectsTillsyn i retorik och praktik
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare