State Authorities: Integrating Integration Policy

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 2550000 SEK


State authorities in Sweden are an important role model in society when it comes to the implementation of government policies. Their degree of success in ‘integrating’ the Integration Policy and how they deal with the challenges posed by a multicultural society depends on their institutional legacies, the content of the state integration philosophy, and major developments in public administration policies. These different factors, in combination, provide the context in which authorities must make policy a part of their daily activities. Knowledge of and research into how state authorities succeed with the implementation of Integration Policy, and what factors promote or hinder this implementation, is still limited in Sweden despite the importance of the issues involved. The project examines the conditions for successful mainstreaming of the Integration Policy through three separate studies: qualitative in-depth case studies that, among other things, examine the place of mainstreaming in the day-to-day activities of the authority, its discursive environment, and the demands on authorities for efficiency and cost-effectiveness. It investigates whether these conflict with the goals of the Integration Policy. The main findings from the in-depth study, which will include ethnographic description, interviews and documentation, will then be tested against a questionnaire study of a sample of approximately 50 state authorities. Finally, the Swedish results will be compared with the different administrative and integration policy legacies, of the UK and the USA. The project will provide information on which factors are likely to promote and which hinder the mainstreaming of the Integration Policy in Sweden.

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