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Audit Culture and the Case Worker: A Study of the Public Employment Service and the Social Insurance Agency

Research project
Active research
Project size
8 656 000
Project period
2015 - 2021
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

This project studies the organizational governance of caseworkers in the Swedish Public Employment Service and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, focusing in particular on audit culture and what it does to the organization and the individual in the organization. What are the implications of these forms of governance for the caseworkers and their experiences at work? The project combines different data sources, such as interviews with management at all levels in the two agencies and with caseworkers in several local offices, policy documents and organizational routines, in combination with ethnographic observations by shadowing caseworkers in their daily work (excluding direct client encounters). Comparing the two agencies also enables us to see if and how audit culture plays out differently in different welfare bureaucracies.


Kerstin Jacobsson (project leader), professor in Sociologi, University of Gothenburg

Christina Garsten, professor in Social Anthropology , University of Stockholm

Håkan Johansson, professor in Social Work, Lund University

Katarina Hollertz, senior lecturer, in Social Work, University of Gothenburg

Ida Seing, senior lecturer, Division of Education and Sociology (APS), Linköping University

Ylva Wallinder, PhD in Sociology, University of Gothenburg