Interaction between voluntary and statutory social service provision in Sweden: a matter of welfare pluralism, substitution or complementarity?

DAHLBERG, Lena (2005). Interaction between voluntary and statutory social service provision in Sweden: a matter of welfare pluralism, substitution or complementarity? Social policy and administration, 39 (7), 740-763.

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Abstract

Many welfare states have met with criticism and it has been argued that they are in crisis. Simultaneously, there has been a greater openness to voluntary work as an alternative to statutory services, for example in Sweden. Sometimes the activities of voluntary organizations have been seen as complementary to those of local authorities; at other times this issue has been addressed in terms of welfare pluralism. However, countries with strong welfare states have often been assumed to have insignificant voluntary work—as claimed in substitution theory. The purpose of this article is to examine variation in welfare service provision in the light of welfare pluralism, substitution theory and complementarity theory. The study was carried out in the area of support for relatives of older people in Sweden. It was conducted by means of national questionnaire surveys of voluntary organizations and local authorities in 1999 and 2002. In this period, there was an increase in statutory service provision and more voluntary organizations were involved in service provision. However, it is yet too early to describe this in terms of welfare pluralism. Neither was any evidence found for substitution theory. Furthermore, overlaps in service provision from voluntary organizations and local authorities question complementarity theory, which assumes that different actors specialize in different tasks. Nevertheless, the actors tended to be complementary at a local level. It is suggested that this complementarity might be explained by ideological support for a norm of complementarity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welfare pluralism, Substitution, Complementarity, Voluntary organization, Welfare state, Informal care, Older people, Sweden
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00467.x
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:22
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/276

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