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Decentralisation and control: central-local government relations in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CUReS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7737-5850
Göteborgs universitet.
1990 (English)In: Policy and politics (Print), ISSN 0305-5736, E-ISSN 1470-8442, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 165-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Divergent conclusions have been drawn from research about whether or not local government in Sweden has become more independent of central government during the post-war expansion of the Swedish welfare state. By using a multi-dimensional resource perspective it is argued that local government could be viewed as potentially strong with regard to constitutional-legal, political, financial and professional resources. However, during the 1980s as several decentralist and deregulative programs were being implemented, central government strengthened its financial control over local government. An increasing interdependency between local government agencies and private institutions could also be observed. Thus, the current relations between central and local government in Sweden can be summarised in the formula: centralising (financial) power — decentralising responsibility.

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1990. Vol. 18, no 3, p. 165-180
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central-local government relations, decentralisation and control, deregulation
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20729DOI: 10.1332/030557390782454512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20729DiVA, id: diva2:474101
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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