Social Workers in a Modernising Welfare State: Professionals or Street-Level Bureaucrats? – The British Journal of Social Work – article

Social Workers in a Modernising Welfare State: Professionals or Street-Level Bureaucrats?

Margo Trappenburg | The British Journal of Social Work

2019-10-26

This article examines how and why marketization of policing may occur in a historically state-centred policing context in the absence of governmental policy promoting privatization and marketization. In Sweden, a community-level marketization is increasingly becoming the new norm. It is a result of a political mobilization by the private security industry, characterized by an association of private security with the public interest in safety, an absence of national political decision-making, and pragmatic local initiatives to increase public safety, but it results in the dispersion of political decision-making that fails to ensure democratic governance of policing and security provision.

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