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Kommunindelning och demokrati: Om sammanläggning och delning av kommuner i Sverige
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2003 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Municipality Division and Democracy : Amalgamation and Secession of Municipalities in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the territorial dimension of democracy by studying the division of Swedish municipalities. It consists of two parts focusing on two types of changes to the division of municipalities: amalgamation and secession.

The consequences of a series of amalgamation reforms are the starting point for the first part. The question is if the new structure of the municipalities following from amalgamation, e.g. increased size, changed centre-periphery relations and an increased number of urban areas within municipalities, has had any importance for local democracy. The structural factors are looked at in the light of three aspects of democracy: municipalities as community units, their democratic legitimacy and political participation. This study shows that amalgamations can have negative effects for democracy and the conclusion is that the optimal division, from a democratic point of view, is one of small municipalities with only one dominating urban area in each municipality.

As for secession, the study shows that few citizens want their part of the municipality to secede, except for those who live in parts that have had an application for secession rejected in recent years. The most important reason for supporting secession is that it would improve democracy. The main reason for opposing secession is that it would lead to decreased efficiency. The study also shows that certain conditions may change the attitude to secession, but these conditions cannot explain why a higher proportion than average is positive to secession in municipality parts that have applied for secession in recent years.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2003. , p. 367
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Statsvetenskapliga föreningen i Uppsala, ISSN 0346-7538 ; 157
Keywords [en]
Political science, territorial division, democracy, demos, community spirit, legitimacy, participation, municipality, local government, amalgamation, secession, municipality partition
Keywords [sv]
Statsvetenskap
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3794ISBN: 91-554-5758-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-3794DiVA, id: diva2:163724
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2003-12-05, Brusewitzsalen, Badhuset, Gamla Torget 6, Uppsala, 10:15
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