Rules and debureaucratization has been recurring topics for discussion. The prime minister at the time, Poul Schlüter, already problematized the rules in the political field of taxes, school and education in his speech at the opening of the Danish parliament in 1982. Since then, changing governments and several interest organizations has encouraged a debureaucratization in different political spheres. Employment policy is one of the spheres where the problematization of inconvenient rules has taken up space for both interest organizations and governing parties.
This paper examines how different actors in the field of employment policy has problematized inconvenient rules since year 2000. This is done through Michael Foucault’s problematization concept as well as Carol Bacchi’s further development of the same concept. The theory is used to examine which phenomenons are being problematized, on which groundwork and describe the actor’s suggested solutions.
This paper finds that overall there are four problematization groups in the field of employment policy. The four problematization groups includes the group-specific rule’s complication of understanding the meaning of the rules, the procedural requirement’s complication of both compliance of goals and focus on the individual estimate and the situation of the citizen and the fact that rules that are not based on evidence lack compliance of goals.
There is a clear overlap between problematization in the two reforms. Three of the problematizations occur in both reforms while the last problematization concerning limited compliance of goals of non-evidence-based rules, is seen in the latest reform alone. Despite a less than 10-year window between reforms many problematizations are repeated from 2009 to 2018.
|Uddannelser||Forvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 jun. 2019|
|Vejledere||Magnus Paulsen Hansen|
- Machael Foucault
- Carol Bacchi
- John Kingdon