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Lokaldemokratiska utmaningar i ett offentlig privat partnerskap: En studie av Horten kommun
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Local democratic challenges in a public/private partnership : A study of the municipality of Horten (English)
Abstract [en]

Aim and fundamental inquiry: The purpose of this paper is to describe the democratic challenges facing MicroTech Innovation and the Center of Expertise vis-à-vis local democratic values. The fundamental inquiry of this study is: To what extent is the local democracy of Horten challenged when the municipality of Horten engages in a joint venture by entering a partnership with private enterprise through the investments of MicroTech Innovation and the Center of Expertise?

Method: The theory, created with Swedish and Norwegian literature, has been applied on the partnership in the municipality of Horten. I have interviewed four persons who either are or have been active in MicroTech Innovation and the Center of Expertise.

Conclusions: Private enterprise and the local government had a common wish to develop the new industry and established an institutional partnership, MicroTech Innovation, which later on became Center of Expertise. Mayor Hontvedt is of the opinion that the partnership has made it possible for local citizens to participate and gain insight to industrial and trade development, and that the municipality’s engagement has been important to prevent the institution from becoming privately owned. Eric Andersen on the other hand, is of the opinion that the citizens choose not to participate and engage them selves in the partnership, as they do not see long-term investment as desirable. The study’s respondents consider it easier for their fellow citizens to hold the elected politicians responsible, and this is accomplished most effectively through local municipality elections.

Abstract [sv]

Syfte och frågeställning: Studiens målsättning är att skildra demokratiska utmaningar i MicroTech Innovation och Center of Expertise i förhållande till lokaldemokratiska värden. Grundfrågan är: På vilket sätt utmanas lokaldemokratin i Horten när kommun gör en gemensam satsning och ingår i ett partnerskap med näringslivet genom investeringarna i MicroTech Innovation och Center of Expertise?

Metod: Det teoretiska kapitlet, skapat från norska och svenska texter har applicerats på partnerskapet i Horten. Jag har intervjuat fyra personer som är eller har varit involverade i MicroTech Innovation och Center of Expertise.

Slutsatser: Näringslivet och kommunen har gjort en gemensam näringslivssatsning i MicroTech Innovation och Center of Expertise. Ordförande Hontvedt menar att partnerskapet medfört att medborgarna kunnat delta och fått insyn i näringslivsutvecklingen, och att kommunens engagemang varit viktigt för att hindra en privatisering. Erik Andersen menar tvärtemot att medborgarna väljer att inte delta och engagera sig i partnerskapet, då medborgarna inte ser långsiktig investering som önskvärt. Studiens respondenter anser att det är lättast för medborgarna att ställa de folkvalda politikerna inför ansvar, och detta görs på det mest effektiva sättet genom kommunalval.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Government, governance, public/private partnership, institutional partnership, MicroTech Innovation, Center of Expertise, participation, insight, hold repsonsible
Keywords [sv]
governance, offentlig privat partnerskap, institutionellt OPP, MicroTech Innovation, Center of Expertise, deltagande, insyn, ansvarsutkrävande, Government
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-1446ISRN: ORU-SAM/STK-C--07/0027--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-1446DiVA, id: diva2:135041
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Available from: 2007-07-31 Created: 2007-07-31 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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