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Depoliticising the political: Market solutions and the retreat of Swedish institutional drug treatment from state management.

Authors
  • Edman, Johan1
  • 1 Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD), Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden. Electronic address: [email protected]. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal on drug policy
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2016
Volume
32
Pages
93–99
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.03.013
PMID: 27184217
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article examines developments in the Swedish drug treatment services in 1982-2000 and explores the ways in which political initiatives and the state administration's management have contributed to the major privatisations of institutional drug treatment during this period. The empirical basis for the textual analysis lies in official reports, parliamentary material and archived records from the Stockholm County Administrative Board's management of treatment facilities. The major privatisations of drug treatment services in the 1980s were both unintentional and unwanted and mainly arose from a lack of bureaucratic control and ideological anchorage. The privatisations were, however, reinforced by ideologically driven NPM-oriented political initiatives in the 1990s. The market-oriented treatment services have failed to fulfil the needs for diversity and availability within a publicly financed sector, which deals with unevenly informed and often socio-economically weak citizens. New management models in this field must ensure that ideological considerations are taken into account to meet politically decided goals and means. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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