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Professionalized through audit?: Care workers and the new audit regime in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5522-5344
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research.
(English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The objective of this article is to analyze whether the audit processes adopted in Swedish eldercare and childcare support or undermine the professionalization of the occupations working there, that is, nurses, nursing assistants, pre-school teachers and child minders. In particular we investigate whether the three main forms of audit; standard-setting, inspections and quality measurements, support or undermine the occupations’ ability to achieve professional closure and enhance their external and internal autonomy. The paper finds that the audit process adapted in eldercare is non-supportive of the professionalization of both nurses and nursing assistants. In childcare, however, it appears to support professional development, particularly for pre-school teachers. These findings suggest that audit processes do not have to be detrimental to professionalization. Instead, it appears that the state can design them in such a way that they make visible and close the work tasks of specific staff groups and thereby support, rather than undermine, their professional development

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Professionalization, Audit, Social care, Eldercare, Child care
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Social Sciences Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-319246DiVA: diva2:1086376
Available from: 2017-04-02 Created: 2017-04-02 Last updated: 2017-04-05
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