Rätt, norm och tillämpning. En studie av normativa mönster vid beslut enligt LSS på tre arenor

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The focus of this study is on the application of the Swedish Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS), and the gap between law in books and law in action.
The methodology of the thesis involves empirical studies founded in social science theory. The study involves three arenas of public authorities with parallel norm creating processes, represented by Swedish municipalities, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and regional Administrative Courts.
The LSS allows for an interpretation with regard to individual circumstances in individual cases and the authorities have a high degree of discretion (margin of appreciation) in their decision-making process. My point of departure is that this discretion is fundamental and necessary to achieve the legislative intent in each individual case. The empirical studies show that institutional norms and local guidelines frequently are used by the authorities, often in conflict with legal methods and norms, thereby affecting the margin of appreciation in the decision-making process.
A conclusion is that there is a gap between the political objective of LSS and the application of the legislation. The different arenas use different methods and have different institutional norms that affect the application of LSS in each arena.


  • Lennart Erlandsson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Law and Society


  • rättsliga normer, välfärdsrätt, Rättssociologi, Institutional norms, Discretion, Law in action, Legal norms, LSS, Sociology of Law, Social and welfare law, rättstillämpning, diskretionär prövning, interna styrdokument, normer
Translated title of the contributionLaw, Norms and the Rule of Welfare Law. A study of Normative Patterns on Three Authority Arenas
Original languageSwedish
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Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2014 Jun 2
Print ISBNs978-91-7473-931-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2014-06-02 Time: 13:15 Place: Spoletorps hörsal, Spolegatan 1 R, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Lemann Kristiansen, Bettina Title: Professor Affiliation: Department of Law, Aarhus University, Denmark ---

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