En studie av det institutionella tänkandet i svensk invandringspolitik 1975-2008


Summary, in English

Through a content idea analysis and neo-institutionalist theory this paper aims to examine the institutional conventions, routines, and strategies characterising Swedish immigrant policy making from 1975 to 2008. Furthermore, the purpose is to depict how integration of migrants has been described in Swedish Government Official Reports (SOU series) and government bills since the formulation of the three main integration goals during the 1970s. As well as, analysing how political thinking regarding Swedish immigrant politics oscillate between neo-institutionalist integrative and aggregative processes. Thus framing the question: What logical contradictions exist between the integration policy goals formulated in legal documents between 1975 and 2008? The analysis show that the Swedish administrative and organisational institutions confront and homogenise diversity with a system of rules and regulations demanded of participants in the already established organized society, consequently the contradictions divide and standardize simultaneously. It can be interpreted as the Swedish welfare system is using integrative processes to systematise and guarantee autonomy. A planned diversity that puts cohabitation against hegemony. Accordingly, this can be described as the integrative process is implemented to produce a controllable aggregative process.


  • Social Sciences


  • Integrative
  • Aggregative
  • Neo-institutionalism
  • Content idea analysis
  • Immigration politics
  • European Studies
  • Sweden


  • Eleonora Narvselius