Street-level perceptions of procedural rights for young unemployed people - a comparative study between Sweden and Australia

Ulmestig, Rickard & Marston, Gregory (2015) Street-level perceptions of procedural rights for young unemployed people - a comparative study between Sweden and Australia. Social Policy and Administration, 49(3), pp. 394-411.

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Two types of welfare states are compared in this article. Differences in procedural rights for young unemployed at the level of service delivery are analyzed. In Australia, rights are regulated through a rigid procedural justice system. The young unemployed within the social assistance system in Sweden encounter staff with high discretionary powers, which makes the legal status weak for the unemployed but, on the other hand, the system is more flexible. Despite the differences, there is striking convergence in how the young unemployed describe how discretionary power among street-level staff affects their procedural rights. This result can be understood as a result of similar professional norms, work customs and occupational cultures of street-level staff, and that there is a basic logic of conditionality in all developed welfare states where procedural rights are tightly coupled with responsibilities.

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ID Code: 88722
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Youth unemployment;Street-level bureaucracy;User rights;Activation policies
DOI: 10.1111/spol.12085
ISSN: 0144-5596
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2015 01:25
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 01:25

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