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Department of Political Science

Welfare systems and new modes of governance

A just and efficient organization is pivotal for the success of the welfare state. CCWS conduct research on new modes of governance. Part of the elder care projects deal with the question about how we can obtain more ‘value for money’ and how experimentation is conducted with new ways of regulating and providing welfare benefits for citizens. As regards regulation, new governance network is used, as thematized for example by the social responsibility of corporations, just as the experiments and new ways of organizing the welfare state include outsourcing, privatization and free-choice arrangements, all of which contribute to new lines of conflict and forms of change in the welfare mix . This also touches upon the question as to whether the new arrangements condition the user satisfaction. Are free-choice arrangements something the users want or are they some kind of an idea for a blueprint that is being forced upon the citizens from above?

Current research projects:

Selected previous research projects: