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The Role of Municipalities in the Bottom-Up Formation of a Meta-Region in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Halmstad University.
2015 (English)In: Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2000-8058, E-ISSN 2001-3310, Vol. 19, no 4, 71-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The sub-national level in the Nordic countries is currently undergoing a process of major

transformation. A central issue concerns the role of municipalities in regionalization

processes. The purpose of the article is to analyse the positions and strategies of municipalities

regarding interlocal cooperation and regional governance, in relation to a failed

attempt to create a new large region in southern Sweden during 2013-2014. This attempt

was based on a reform strategy, initiated by the government, which gave the main role in

the creation of larger regions to municipalities and regional actors in a bottom-up process.

How can we understand the roles of municipalities, and what are the drivers and barriers

in a bottom-up strategy of regional formation? Our study shows that the views expressed

by municipal representatives in Sweden regarding regional governance are anchored in

the strong institutional position of municipalities in that country. Our conclusion is that a

bottom-up strategy has several shortcomings as a method for making institutional reforms

in a system of regional governance. There are obvious drivers in such a process, but there

are also difficulties in achieving cooperation that result from high transaction costs

(which lead to a collective-action dilemma), from an uncertain national policy, and from

problems of legitimacy.

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2015. Vol. 19, no 4, 71-88 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-124062DiVA: diva2:895652
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