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Democratic Accountability in Strategic Coordination Bodies — An Investigation of Governance in Swedish Elder Care

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Staffan Johansson
Andreas Liljegren
Publicerad i International Journal of Integrated Care
Volym 19
Nummer/häfte 2
Sidor 1-10
ISSN 1568-4156
Publiceringsår 2019
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Sidor 1-10
Språk en
Länkar https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.4207
Ämnesord accountability; network governance; coordinated care; eldercare
Ämneskategorier Annan samhällsvetenskap

Sammanfattning

The establishment of strategic coordination bodies with members from different agencies and that are governed by various laws and regulations can be understood as an answer to the demand for improved coordinated care for citizens with complex needs, such as frail older people. However, this demand raises fundamental questions of democratic control and accountability in the modern welfare state. Although these issues are addressed in current literature on network governance, they have not been investigated empirically very much. The aim of this paper is to investigate coordination bodies as important actors in integrated care, and especially to investigate how the members of these governance networks perceive their own influence and how they are held accountable by their principals. This study is conceptually built on theories of network governance and accountability. The empirical investigation is based on a survey with 545 respondents from 73 different coordination bodies in Sweden. The analysis shows that there seems to be an imbalance between perceived influence and perceived demands from different stakeholders to account for the services. This imbalance provides an opening for a discussion of how to improve the current situation for vulnerable groups and about new perspectives on accountability and power in the modern welfare state.

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