Collaborative Efforts for Labour Market Integration?: Implementation of Introduction Programmes in Sweden
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
In this paper theories of network governance are applied to the area of immigrant integration in Sweden, and the coordination of introduction programmes for newly arrived immigrants, to be more precise. With a pronounced goal of getting people employed, introduction programmes and similar efforts aim to enhance social inclusion through employment. These efforts are characterized by major interdependencies between public actors, governmental levels, and between state, civil society and market actors. Recently, central agencies have responded to the coordination problems plaguing this area for decades with initiating voluntary cooperation at different administrative levels. These arrangements were to include both state and municipal actors as well as NGO:s, unions and market organizations. Although successful in the sense that the strategy has been adopted in many regions and municipalities, coordination problems remain, participation from external actors is low and cooperation is hampered. The aim of the paper is to analyze some of the institutional conditions for managing through networks in this type of context. Network governance, here, is analyzed from a sociological institutional perspective.
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integration policy, network governance, collaboration, institutional theory
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-60573DiVA: diva2:357957
XV NOPSA Conference, Tromsø 2008