Built upon Dr. Nienke Boesveldt’s doctoral research into the efficacy of national governance arrangements in addressing homelessness, the model for the current project analyzes and compares the policies, structures, and management styles of local governance arrangements to better understand the impacts and outcomes of each approach and discern exactly which elements are the most effective in providing clients with quality services and benefiting society as a whole. 

The different layers of government on which responsibilities rest and where possible solutions to policy problems should come from, as well as the trends between these layers (decentralization), influence efficiency. Finally, a combination of the structure of the external policy network and administrative traditions (such as a top-down or bottom-up relationship between governments and, for example, social care providers) also influences the housing situation of homeless people. Figure 1 provides graphical representations of the relationships between the different domains.

Figure 1. Conceptual model

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The conceptual model constitutes the theoretical framework for Dr. Nienke Boesveldt’s doctoral research on government arrangements for social welfare and sheltered living in a comparison between Glasgow, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Read more.