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Södra Lapplands Kommun? Vad för effekt skulle en sammanslagning av Åsele, Dorotea och Vilhelmina kommun få på den lokala demokratin?

Bay, Sebastian (2007)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In 1974 the three municipalities of Åsele, Dorotea and Fredrika were amalgamated despite of hunger strikes, mass protests and a serious threat of violence. But after six years the marriage shattered as Dorotea left the other two after years of continued struggle. In 2005 the idea of an amalgamation of Åsele, Dorotea and Vilhelmina municipalities was brought to life by an older and ever declining population.

By creating a democratic ideal type consisting of the three variables ? legitimacy, participation and identity ? this study assesses what impact an amalgamation of the three municipalities might have on local democracy.

Combining a qualitative and a quantitative approach this study concludes that amalgamating the municipalities today... (More)
In 1974 the three municipalities of Åsele, Dorotea and Fredrika were amalgamated despite of hunger strikes, mass protests and a serious threat of violence. But after six years the marriage shattered as Dorotea left the other two after years of continued struggle. In 2005 the idea of an amalgamation of Åsele, Dorotea and Vilhelmina municipalities was brought to life by an older and ever declining population.

By creating a democratic ideal type consisting of the three variables ? legitimacy, participation and identity ? this study assesses what impact an amalgamation of the three municipalities might have on local democracy.

Combining a qualitative and a quantitative approach this study concludes that amalgamating the municipalities today could create a democratic unit lacking legitimacy, having a weak identity and impeding participation. But the study also brings forth that the impact of an amalgamation upon the variables of the ideal type as defined is not written in stone. Rather by careful though and consideration a number of the negative impacts upon the ideal type can be erased or reduced. As such democracy is not static but can be enhanced or undermined by conscious effort. (Less)
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Bay, Sebastian
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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municipal amalgamation, democracy, legitimacy, participation, identity, ideal type, Åsele, Dorotea, Vilhelmina, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
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1322460
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2007-09-05 00:00:00
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2007-09-05 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {In 1974 the three municipalities of Åsele, Dorotea and Fredrika were amalgamated despite of hunger strikes, mass protests and a serious threat of violence. But after six years the marriage shattered as Dorotea left the other two after years of continued struggle. In 2005 the idea of an amalgamation of Åsele, Dorotea and Vilhelmina municipalities was brought to life by an older and ever declining population.

By creating a democratic ideal type consisting of the three variables ? legitimacy, participation and identity ? this study assesses what impact an amalgamation of the three municipalities might have on local democracy.

Combining a qualitative and a quantitative approach this study concludes that amalgamating the municipalities today could create a democratic unit lacking legitimacy, having a weak identity and impeding participation. But the study also brings forth that the impact of an amalgamation upon the variables of the ideal type as defined is not written in stone. Rather by careful though and consideration a number of the negative impacts upon the ideal type can be erased or reduced. As such democracy is not static but can be enhanced or undermined by conscious effort.},
  author       = {Bay, Sebastian},
  keyword      = {municipal amalgamation,democracy,legitimacy,participation,identity,ideal type,Åsele,Dorotea,Vilhelmina,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Södra Lapplands Kommun? Vad för effekt skulle en sammanslagning av Åsele, Dorotea och Vilhelmina kommun få på den lokala demokratin?},
  year         = {2007},
}