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Citizenship, consumerism and local government in Sweden
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7737-5850
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.
1995 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 25-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent developments in Swedish local government and central-local government relations have been characterized by re-regulation and cut-back strategies on the one hand and decentralization and deregulation on the other. In this article these developments are analysed as a dynamic process with contradictory features. Swedish society is becoming more and more differentiated and specialized with fewer mechanisms of collective socialization, but with more economic and strategic calculations on the part of central and local authorities, interest organizations and individuals. New formal rules are developed in order to handle conflicts and enhance public sector legitimacy. In the communes we can identify an ideological shift from viewing the commune as a political institution to regarding it as a service-producing company. In addition, citizens are increasingly looked upon as individual consumers rather than political citizens. Corresponding organizational solutions such as depoliticization, privatization and freedom of choice have been developed. However, as a reaction to communal consumerism there is also a growing interest in communitarian values. There is an increasing number of examples of people participating in matters of common nature and expressing their belonging to a community. An interesting question for future research is whether the observed contradictory tendencies will increase or decrease the legitimacy of the traditional democratic institutions at the communal level.

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Scandinavian University Press , 1995. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 25-51
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56453DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9477.1995.tb00154.xISI: A1995QP58200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56453DiVA, id: diva2:1082411
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