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Depopulation and local development?: A comparative study of small rural oriented municipalities on the west coast of Sweden
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate municipal development activities of rural oriented areas of the west coast of Sweden. The chosen municipalities for this study are Tanum, Munkedal, Sotenäs and Orust where the aim is to give an understanding to the different municipalities work towards achieving local development and opposing depopulation. The nature of this study is primarily qualitative with a lightly deductive orientation since the presented concept of push and pulls factors of migration and the concept of governance with top down and bottom up approaches is used to understand and analyze the empirics. The empirics of this study give answer to the population situation of the municipalities, the prioritized factors for local development and methods adopted to oppose depopulation. The primary conclusion is that the problem of depopulation is handled by promoting local development through economical means in most municipalities.



Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Governance, Push and pull factors, Local development, Depopulation, Municipal visionary documents
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4388OAI: diva2:533958
Subject / course
Political science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-27 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2012-06-27Bibliographically approved

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