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The end of a trend: retraction of choice in Swedish elderly care
Örebro universitet.
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Business, Department of Business. Kristianstad University, Faculty of Business, Research environment Governance, Regulation, Internationalization and Performance (GRIP.
2020 (English)In: Journal of Economic Policy Reform, ISSN 1748-7870, E-ISSN 1748-7889, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 189-200Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In 2009, Sweden launched a freedom-of-choice reform that gave municipalities the option to introduce standardized quasi-markets in social services. The reform was initially popular to adopt in home care until the share of adopting municipalities leveled out just above 50 percent. In recent years, the trend has reversed, and several municipalities have abolished their choice system. Compared with municipalities with choice systems, the abolishing municipalities are more rural with fewer inhabitants. A fixed-effects regression suggests that decreases in the market share of private providers, political shifts towards the left, and increasing costs are related to the abolition of choice systems.

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2020. Vol. 24, no 2, p. 189-200
Keywords [en]
Home care, quasi-market, user choice, privatization, re-municipalization
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-20925DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2020.1746660ISI: 000546261300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-20925DiVA, id: diva2:1454817
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, 2017-0158:1Available from: 2020-07-20 Created: 2020-07-20 Last updated: 2021-07-23Bibliographically approved

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