The politic social work in small local government of Estonia: The configuration between the structural power and the performance of the social services “

Vaike Raudava

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For the function-based organization view, the local government has the hierarchical structure, together with the representative body and the executive body (political and administrative) in Estonia. According to Bartol and Martin (1994), the organisational structures are typically created by management for specific purposes (Senior 2002).

The aim of the research has been to find answers to the question, ‘how does the system of administering personal social services function in small Estonian governments”. Utilizing the collective case study, I followed the information-oriented selection: maximum variation cases for the size and location (Luck, Jackson and Usher 2006).

The results represent the four units of the framework of social welfare administration: 1) the political leadership, 2) the political co-operation, 3) the specialist or non-professional and 4) the political-administrative unit (the Ministry of Social Affairs). The responsibility is shared between administrative and political units and framework of administration is involving the non-professionals, who are professionals in another field or the about non-educated members.

The main problem is carried out at the practice of the framework of the administration of social welfare. This practice, where people from the street are directly related to client work, having decision making rights on issues concerning the client; then, it will be regarded as historic, the principle of collegial decision-making continuing in the 21st century.

The function of the decision`s process follows the principle of collegial decision-making and unfortunately, I argue, that the decision process at the client level is politicised. The decision-making process regarding the clients is distributed among different levels, the practice undermines the independence of the social worker, and the social worker cannot protect the rights of the client. Most important, the principle of collective responsibility lives on in the 21st century without giving the profession of social work the opportunity to grow independently in Estonia.
Titel på gästpublikationUnknown host publication
StatusPublicerad - 2015
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangEuropean Conference for Social Work Research - Ljubljana, Slovenien
Varaktighet: 22 apr 201524 apr 2015
Konferensnummer: 5 (ECSWR)


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