Knowledge is Power -About Swedish Politicians' Knowledge Concerning Migration Policy

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Knowledge is Power -About Swedish Politicians' Knowledge Concerning Migration Policy
Author(s) Bjerhem, Elin
Date 2010
English abstract
Abstract: This thesis deals with Swedish politicians and their knowledge concerning migration policy. It investigates what knowledge the politicians have and from where they collect their knowledge on the mentioned topic. The study also investigates the politicians’ role as mediators of knowledge and the possible responsibilities connected to such a role. The main source for data has been interviews with six Swedish politicians, all members of parties, represented in the Swedish Parliament. To understand and be able to explain the results found, Sociology of Knowledge has been used as theoretical framework. The result of the thesis is that politicians in general, possess very little knowledge concerning migration policy. But, the current presence of the Swedish right wing party, Sverigedemokraterna, has changed the social code of the institutions that the politicians are members of and therefore many politicians have realized that they are in need of more knowledge, on the discussed topic. It was also found that the politicians have an important role as mediators of knowledge to the members of society. This role is connected to a responsibility of being correct and truthful in the statements made.
Publisher Malmö högskola/IMER
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Politicians
Migration Policy
Sociology of Knowledge
Responsibility
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9736 (link to this page)

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