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Regionalt samhällsbyggande i otakt: en studie av den varierande framväxten av samverkansorgan
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Regionalisation out of step - the varying growth of regional cooperation councils

Traditionally regionalisation is either seen as a bottom up movement or as state reform politics from above. From that perspective, Sweden contains both parts. The state enables regionalisation through legislation, promote it through policies and encourage it in rhetoric’s. But the formation of new regional institutions can only be done by the municipalities themselves. Without their belief in stronger and more self governed regions or their will to act and together build capacity in their region, the regionalisation is halted.

Sweden is a unitary state and there is no real tradition of strong and self governing regions. In that perspective the regional experiments during the second half of the 1990th can be seen as a rather big step. These experiments inspired other parts of Sweden and in the millennium shift, all counties was interested in forming some kind of selfgoverning regional body. In 2002, when legislation made it possible to build new political regional institutions, these new institutions were formed in seven counties. Since then, yet six counties have formed these new regional bodies. This variation raises several empirical questions. The main purpose of this study is to describe and explain the variation in growth of these new regional institutions.

The analysis follows three different perspectives. The first is a structural one and aims to investigate municipalities need for economic development as a driving force. The second is an institutional perspective where norms are supposed to promote cooperation. The third focus on promoting actors as a force behind the growth of new regional institutions. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods this thesis shows that different kinds of social norms promoting collaboration are the most important factor in explaining the variation in growth of new regional institutions. The analysis also showed that political actors play an important, both in building and maintaining coopera-tive norms, and probably also in bridging the lack of them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2008. , 224 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 22
Keyword [en]
Regionalisation, regional development, regional collaboration, municipal cooperation, regional governance, institution building
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-2122ISBN: 978-91-7668-597-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-2122DiVA: diva2:135914
Public defence
2008-05-30, Hörsal L3, Långhuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:00
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Available from: 2008-05-08 Created: 2008-05-08 Last updated: 2011-05-18Bibliographically approved

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