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Politikers syn på den regionala nivån: En jämförande studie av Västra Götalandsregionen och Norrbottens läns landsting
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the concept of regionalism in the context of the Swedish middle-level political arena. The used method is qualitative theory and two cases are studied: Västra Götaland and Norrbottens läns landsting.

The aim of the study is to see what the politicans think about Swedens regionalization process by compare the views of politicans that function in a region and in a county council. Do they have the same vision about what constitutes a region and which advantages do they see in working in a region or in a county council? Also dimensions about territorially and sectorial autonomy on the regional level, presented by King and Pierre are investigated in order to explain the different regionala organs functioning accordingly to these dimensions.

The empirical material that have been analyzed is taken from 17 interviews, from government writings and reports from the SKL association, Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting, about the topic of regionalization and the effects and goals in Sweden.

The conclusion of the material is that there is common opinion among the politicans about the goals of a region and also about which areas that can benefit the most from the perspective of beeing a region instead of a county council. When it comes to explaining the dimensions of territorially and sectorial autonomy the results have shown that the region has the most both territorially and sectorial autonomy, which is due to the regions rightfullness to taxation right, which is high in the region and ensured by a strong catchment area. When the county council get lawful regional status, the abscense of a big catchment area will cause a weaker regional autonomy, caused to its dependence of both the territorially and sectorial dimensions for upholding the region’s financially resources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
Keyword [sv]
Sverige, Västra Götaland, Norrbottens läns landsting, regionalisering, öppen regionalism, ny regionalism, territoriell och sektoriell autonomi
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44862OAI: diva2:824005
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Political Science, Master Programme, 120 credits
2015-06-09, K2049, Universitetsplatsen 1,351 95, Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-19 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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