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Local Governance 'in Swedish'?: Globalisation, Local Welfare Government and Beyond
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))
2008 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, E-ISSN 1743-9388, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 363-377Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article local governance in the Swedish context is discussed. A case study of a Swedish city is framed in its historical, national and international context. By locating the redevelopment of an old harbour within a historical context, new insights are brought into the understanding of local governance. Cities are indeed nested. Deteriorating public finances, the deregulation of the economy (nationally and globally), the changed status of the welfare state, the restructuring of industry and the neo-liberal wave all taken together form a formidable challenge. A radical questioning of the values,

principles and forms of the Swedish welfare state has tangible impacts on local governance. It is concluded that Swedish municipal actors face the dual challenge of acting efficiently (being sensitive to the needs and demands of local elites), while keeping democratic legitimacy (being sensitive to the needs and demands of all citizens).

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London: Routledge , 2008. Vol. 34, no 3, p. 363-377
Keywords [en]
Urban governance, globalisation, local government, welfare state, democracy, Scandinavia, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Information Systems
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statskunskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-4649DOI: 10.1080/03003930802044551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-4649DiVA, id: diva2:138948
Available from: 2008-10-21 Created: 2008-10-21 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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