Sanctioned Resistance: The Possibilities of Service Users to Exert Influence within Welfare Organisations
Erik Eriksson is a social worker. In November 2015 he earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Social Work at the University of Lund, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Municipality Studies at Linköping University. His research interests include social mobilization, exclusion, power structures, democratic processes and the link between welfare policies and practical welfare work.
The idea that people who receive benefits from the welfare system should also be involved in decision-making and policy processes is now common within neo-liberal social politics. This presentation will revolve around Erik Eriksson’s dissertation project, which is a study of how the so-called “user involvement” is implemented within two welfare organizations; a psychiatric unit and a municipal social-services provider. The study shows that while the concept creates some possibilities for users to influence the decision-making process, it is also severely limited and controlled by the organizations. Erik’s results will be discussed from a Crip as well as an Intersectional perspective.