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Lidén, G., Nyhlén, J. & Nyhlén, S. (2019). Neoliberal Steering in Swedish Integration Policy: the Rise and Fall of Introduction Guides. Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 23(1), 23-40
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neoliberal Steering in Swedish Integration Policy: the Rise and Fall of Introduction Guides
2019 (English)In: Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2000-8058, E-ISSN 2001-3310, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 23-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the past decades, many policy sectors within European countries have encountered political reforms of neoliberal character. One of the key shifts has been the reorientation of public employment services that has been enforced, for example, through the establishment of what have been denoted as quasi-markets. Simultaneously with the rise of quasi-markets, welfare policy as a whole, including integration policy, has beenincreasingly oriented toward “activation”, with its focus on the individual’s obligationsand duties in relation to welfare services. These circumstances pose particular challenges to those charged with the governance of welfare services due to increasingly complex requirements for collaboration and control involving a multitude of actors. The reform is an example of a hybrid system where for- and non-profit actors compete for the“customer”, in this case, the newly arrived immigrant. This article focuses on the changes in Swedish integration reform as an archetype of these changes and studies a clearly defined case study. Empirically, this study draws from both documents and interviews. The article illustrates an unregulated and ill-monitored policy containing a model that comprises mixed modes of steering. The governance of the reform bears traits from both centralist and cooperative forms of governance and, thereby, involves competing philosophies of steering.

National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35294 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2019-03-15
Nyhlén, S. & L Gidlund, K. (2018). Everything’ disappears …: reflexive design and norm-critical intervention in the digitalization of cultural heritage. Information, Communication and Society
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Everything’ disappears …: reflexive design and norm-critical intervention in the digitalization of cultural heritage
2018 (English)In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

According to narrative trends, digitalization has the potential todeconstruct both power structures and practices of exclusion insociety. What we argue here is that this deconstruction is not theresult of digitalization alone, it is dependent on how digitalizationis done. On the contrary, digitalization has often resulted inreproduction instead of transformation and deconstruction, i.e.digitalization tend to uphold practices instead of challengingthem. Being slightly more provocative, what becomes digitalizedis often what we can easily capture and understand. Similarly,when we open up for an increased participation in the creation ofdigital artifacts (sometimes expressed as demand-driven, citizencentered,or participatory development), those participating indigitalization are often already known; the use of alreadyestablished contact channels making them easy to reach andconnect with. Such logics raise questions about the intersectionsof norms and power and the potential transformative character ofdigitalization. The aim of this paper is to, through a theoreticalframework combining critical information systems, policyenactment and norm critical design, introduce a reflexive designmethod to gently provoke norms. We analyze the need tointervene in the everyday practices of digitalization. This is donein an empirical case study of the making of a regional digitalcultural heritage portal. The results indicate that digitalizationneeds norm critical interventions to change existing practices andprevent norm reproduction. Otherwise, as in this case of thedigitalization of cultural heritage, digitalization runs the risk ofstrengthening existing power structures and excluding practicesinstead of challenging them.

National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32721 (URN)10.1080/1369118X.2018.1424922 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-01-19 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-01-22Bibliographically approved
Nyhlén, S., Giritli Nygren, K., Olofsson, A. & Bergström, J. (2018). Human Security, Risk and Sustainability in the Swedish Policy for the Arctic. In: Kamrul Hossain, Jose Miguel Roncero Martin and Anna Petrétei (Ed.), Human and Societal Security in the Cirumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities (pp. 76-99). Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human Security, Risk and Sustainability in the Swedish Policy for the Arctic
2018 (English)In: Human and Societal Security in the Cirumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities / [ed] Kamrul Hossain, Jose Miguel Roncero Martin and Anna Petrétei, Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 76-99Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although four million people live and work in the Arctic, it has become a ‘new’ place to discover and secure for the nation-states and companies that want to explore how to exploit newly available resources and territory as the ice melts. We have witnessed an increase in policies regarding the Arctic from many European and other countries throughout the last decade or more. Sweden became the last of the so-called Arctic states to launch a policy for the Arctic in 2011, and this chapter analyses this policy from a critical perspective. A seemingly ‘neutral’ language may characterize policies, but deriving from a feminist intersectional risk analysis, we argue that policy analysis is a key task for understanding contemporary power structures. By identifying enabling discourses, mobilizing metaphors and underlying assumptions, this analysis shows how Sweden’s policy produces normative constructions of environmental risks anchored in time- and context-dependent beliefs. The strategy adapts to and uses the dominant discourses about the Arctic; it puts risks such as climate change, energy shortage, and human and societal security in the centre while simultaneously positioning Sweden as having the best solutions for managing these risks in a sustainable way. The notion of security drifts towards risk management through arguments about developing and applying sustainable practices, and the strategy uses a language that echoes the language used in stories about conquests and colonial exploration of the Arctic written centuries ago.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2018
Series
Studies in Polar Law, ISSN 2589-6822
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35293 (URN)10.1163/9789004363045_005 (DOI)978-90-04-36304-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
Fatty, M., Giritli Nygren, K. & Nyhlén, S. (2018). (O)kodade rum för rörelse: En analys av hinder och möjligheter för inkluderande spontanaktivitetsanläggningar. Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
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2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2018. p. 31
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35297 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved
Brännström, L., Giritli Nygren, K., Nyhlén, S. & Gillander Gådin, K. (2018). TGRAN: A Transnational Study of the Intersections of Rurality, Gender and violence Against Women. In: : . Paper presented at Circles within Circles: Transnational Perspectives on Youth-led Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Montebello, Quebec, 8-11 July, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>TGRAN: A Transnational Study of the Intersections of Rurality, Gender and violence Against Women
2018 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35244 (URN)
Conference
Circles within Circles: Transnational Perspectives on Youth-led Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Montebello, Quebec, 8-11 July, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-17 Created: 2018-12-17 Last updated: 2018-12-17Bibliographically approved
Söderberg, E., Nyhlén, S., Gillander Gådin, K. & Giritli Nygren, K. (2018). The place of girls?: Collective memory work in the study of portrayals of rural girlhood in Swedish child and youth literature. In: Visual Encounters in the Study of Rural Childhoods: (pp. 109-122). Rutgers University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The place of girls?: Collective memory work in the study of portrayals of rural girlhood in Swedish child and youth literature
2018 (English)In: Visual Encounters in the Study of Rural Childhoods, Rutgers University Press, 2018, p. 109-122Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rutgers University Press, 2018
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35146 (URN)2-s2.0-85057107182 (Scopus ID)978-0-8135-8818-6 (ISBN)9780813588162 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-10 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2018-12-10Bibliographically approved
Ek, J., Nyhlén, S. & Giritly Nygren, K. (2017). En kartläggning av hur kommuner i Västernorrland hanterar frågan med socialt utsatta EU-medborgare.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En kartläggning av hur kommuner i Västernorrland hanterar frågan med socialt utsatta EU-medborgare
2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30180 (URN)
Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved
Öhman, P., Giritli Nygren, K., Hörnberg, E., Lidén, G., Nyhlén, S., Sjöberg, I. & Wahlberg, O. (2017). Förstärkt stadsmiljö i Sundvall. Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förstärkt stadsmiljö i Sundvall
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2017 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30253 (URN)
Available from: 2017-02-23 Created: 2017-02-23 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Nyhlén, J., Nyhlén, S. & Lidén, G. (2017). Governing through public and private relations: The case of Swedish integration policy. In: : . Paper presented at Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, Karlstad, 4-6 oktober, 2017. Karlstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governing through public and private relations: The case of Swedish integration policy
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: , 2017
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32064 (URN)
Conference
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, Karlstad, 4-6 oktober, 2017
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Andresen, E., Lidén, G. & Nyhlén, S. (Eds.). (2017). Hållbarhetens många ansikten - samtal, forskning och fantasier. Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbarhetens många ansikten - samtal, forskning och fantasier
2017 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Denna publikation Hållbarhetens många ansiktenär en del av de resultat som kommer frånprojektet Hållbart Samhällsbyggande (HåSa):Från mellersta Norrland till Europas glesabygder. HåSa-projektet har via Tillväxtverketbeviljats stöd ur den Europeiska regionalautvecklingsfonden och i denna antologi harmånga aktörer som ingår i projektet medverkat.Arbetet med publikationen inleddes vid enworkshop i Sollefteå i slutet av september 2016.Vi drevs då av en strävan efter att hållbarhetsarbetetpå flera sätt behöver gå snabbare och blimer omfattande och att vi behöver samarbetaöver ämnesgränser inom akademin, men äventillsammans med aktörer utanför akademin.Ett drygt år senare finns nu denna antologi,efter både kreativt och intensivt samarbete, ochden utgör ett konkret resultat av de tankar somföddes i Sollefteå.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2017. p. 143
Series
Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet, ISSN 1654-5753 ; 13
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32284 (URN)978-91-88527-37-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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