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Lund och medborgarna En studie över Lunds kommuns arbete med delaktighet och demokrati

Elinderson, Emma (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
At the moment, democracy enhancing projects can be seen everywhere on the municipal level. The purpose of this thesis is to explain how the city of Lund takes on this challenge, why they have chosen to carry out citizen councils and if these are a good way to intensify democracy and open communication channels between citizens, the administration and the elected officials.

The theoretical framework consists of seven arguments for gaining citizen influence on policy, and as a counterweight three critical arguments that opponents of participatory democracy often use are added.

After a survey over both the Swedish national trends in municipal renewal and the last years work in Lund, the analysis goes on showing that most of the arguments... (More)
At the moment, democracy enhancing projects can be seen everywhere on the municipal level. The purpose of this thesis is to explain how the city of Lund takes on this challenge, why they have chosen to carry out citizen councils and if these are a good way to intensify democracy and open communication channels between citizens, the administration and the elected officials.

The theoretical framework consists of seven arguments for gaining citizen influence on policy, and as a counterweight three critical arguments that opponents of participatory democracy often use are added.

After a survey over both the Swedish national trends in municipal renewal and the last years work in Lund, the analysis goes on showing that most of the arguments point to the disadvantage of the citizen councils. Even though legitimacy possibly is enhanced by the project, there are probably better ways to open up for more communication and intensify democracy in the local community. (Less)
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author
Elinderson, Emma
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Medborgarstämmor, demokrati, deltagande, Lunds kommun, symbolisk politik, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1328543
date added to LUP
2006-02-10
date last changed
2006-02-10
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  abstract     = {At the moment, democracy enhancing projects can be seen everywhere on the municipal level. The purpose of this thesis is to explain how the city of Lund takes on this challenge, why they have chosen to carry out citizen councils and if these are a good way to intensify democracy and open communication channels between citizens, the administration and the elected officials.

The theoretical framework consists of seven arguments for gaining citizen influence on policy, and as a counterweight three critical arguments that opponents of participatory democracy often use are added.

After a survey over both the Swedish national trends in municipal renewal and the last years work in Lund, the analysis goes on showing that most of the arguments point to the disadvantage of the citizen councils. Even though legitimacy possibly is enhanced by the project, there are probably better ways to open up for more communication and intensify democracy in the local community.},
  author       = {Elinderson, Emma},
  keyword      = {Medborgarstämmor,demokrati,deltagande,Lunds kommun,symbolisk politik,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Lund och medborgarna En studie över Lunds kommuns arbete med delaktighet och demokrati},
  year         = {2006},
}