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Lasse Blomhøj

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The master’s thesis integrates the subjects of public administration and philosophy and analyzes the roles of the public servant in the Danish welfare state. It is based on conceptual framework composed of the concepts of responsibility and social roles. It differentiates the concept of responsibility, and herby brings out its different meanings: this includes an understanding of moral responsibility as being in control of one’s own actions, a concept of obligation, as being morally required to perform certain tasks and the concept of accountability, that agents have an obligation to justify their actions. These concepts of responsibility are used to create a conceptual framework for analyzing institutional roles. This includes three different levels of analysis: the institutions purpose, the role’s function according to this purpose and the concrete obligations that structures the actions of the role-occupants. On the basis of this conceptual framework, I analyze the role of caseworkers in the employment policy. This role is seen as containing tensions between the understanding of the public servant as servant of the political will and the social worker as advocate of the weak and marginalized. As a public servant, the caseworker is bound by the law and must interpret it and make discretionary decisions on behalf of the state, while as a social worker; the caseworker is obliged to assess the needs of the unemployed based on holistic reasoning. The employment policy is analyzed as putting too much focus on the need to motivate the unemployed to get a job and on the economic considerations that public servants take when judging how to administer the law. Therefore it is difficult for the caseworker to apply the professional thinking as social worker, which threatens the interests and the legal rights of the unemployed citizens.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 feb. 2013
VejledereLisbet Christoffersen & Sune Lægaard


  • Roletensions
  • Obligations
  • Political philosophy
  • Public administration
  • Beskæftigelsespolitik
  • Lov om aktiv beskæftigelsesindsats
  • Public servant
  • Accountability
  • Social worker
  • Roles
  • Responsibility
  • Beskæftigelsesindsats