Governing elderly care on quasi-markets - A study of welfare services in Sweden
Summary, in English
The study is based on three different empirical sources. First, a survey was conducted on elderly people living in a mid- sized Swedish city and who applied for a retirement home in 2014. Second, qualitative interviews was conducted with public officers responsible for the placement of elderly. Third, a text analysis was made on significant policy documents that frame the practice of the public officers.
The findings suggests that the conditions for the organisation of elderly care have changed, the original aims of the welfare regime are contested, and that family relationships is the main determinant for explaining differences in elderly people's attitudes to living in a retirement home in the future. In addition, the findings reveal the complex tactics that the public officers developed in order to handle the needs and demands of elderly citizens in relation to new ways of governing elderly care.
- Institutionen för service management och tjänstevetenskap
British Sociological Association Annual Conference