Prevention at the frontline: How home nurses, pedagogues, and teachers transform public worry into decisions on special efforts

Gitte Sommer Harrits, Marie Østergaard Møller

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Abstract

Within recent years, Denmark has implemented a number of preventive policies based on the line of reasoning that it is better to prevent than to solve problems. Preventive policies express political intentions aimed at solving core welfare state problems, but policy goals are ambiguous and vague, and policy tools are often poorly specified. Thus, front-line workers (FLWs) are pinpointed as key persons to implement these policies, because they hold a ‘specific knowledge’ about and ‘close acquaintance’ with citizens. In the article, we explore different types of front-line work, implementing preventive policies, and identifying children in need of a special effort.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalPublic Management Review (Print)
Volume16
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)447-480
Number of pages33
ISSN1471-9037
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Street-level bureaucracy
  • discretion
  • preventive policy

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