Usunde reformer: En hermeneutisk analyse af politiassistenternes reaktion på politireformen

Carina Bloch Simonsen

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

Summary: This thesis presents a review of the vision behind a "coherent" Danish Police Reform, and the main elements of the final Police Reform launched the 1st of January 2007. Since its introduction in 2007, the Police Reform has been criticized by politicians, citizens and police employees. The aim of the thesis is to generate knowledge about the resistance that police assistants have towards the Police Reform. Based on a philosophical hermeneutics approach, I analyze and interpret in an interaction between theory and empirical data the Police Reform and the police assistants' experience of and reactions towards this. The thesis is an integrated thesis in Business Studies and Health Promotion and in order to cover both disciplines I have complemented with different theoretical perspectives on the thesis problem. The following theories have been applied: "Sociological New Institutional Theory", "New Public Management", John P. Kotter's “Leading Change Theory", Anthony Gidden’s “Theory of Structuration" and Aaron Antonovsky’s “Sense of Coherence ". The thesis is a case study based on the Police Reform. The target audience is police assistants from North Zealand Police District (Helsingoer police station). In the thesis two methodologies are used to cover the problem. These are documents on the reform and eight semi-structured qualitative interviews. The selected documents expound the structure perspective of the thesis and the qualitative interviews show the player perspective of the thesis. Steiner Kvale’s proposal for a meaningful analysis was used in the processing of the qualitative interviews. Through meaning condensation, categorization and interpretation, I have summarized the police assistants' self-understanding "of the Reform in five key themes. From these themes, I have divided the analysis of the thesis in four categories, "unpredictability in the work” ,“ inflexibility in the work," "target and performance management of police work”, "expectation pressure from the management" and "the good police work." The first two sub-analyzes of the thesis leads to an understanding of the police assistants' experience of the Police Reform. In the last sub-analysis of the thesis, the different perspective implied by integrating health promotion and change management is illustrated. I can from my three sub-analyzes conclude that the police assistants' opposition to the Reform is the result of the fact that they disagree in the values with the Police Reform and its demands plus they feel that their knowledge and resources do not become involved in the change process.

EducationsBusiness Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
LanguageDanish
Publication date22 May 2012
SupervisorsBransholm Pedersen, [No Value] Kirsten & Inger Jensen

Keywords

  • Modstand mod forandring
  • Oplevelse af sammenhæng i arbejdet