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Empowering the Regional Level?

Junesjö, Olof LU (2009) STVM01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
The regional level in Sweden has traditionally been characterized as extremely weak in comparison to the more powerful national and local levels. Some scholars even go so far as to say that the regional level in Sweden is merely a tool of the government. When the law on structural funding partnerships was established it hence seemed as if something new had been established on the Swedish political scene. The law on structural funding partnerships establishes regional partnerships that are to prioritize among the applications for structural funds in Sweden. These partnerships are composed of local, regional and public actors and represent the first use of the partnership method of making politics where the decisions taken by the established... (More)
The regional level in Sweden has traditionally been characterized as extremely weak in comparison to the more powerful national and local levels. Some scholars even go so far as to say that the regional level in Sweden is merely a tool of the government. When the law on structural funding partnerships was established it hence seemed as if something new had been established on the Swedish political scene. The law on structural funding partnerships establishes regional partnerships that are to prioritize among the applications for structural funds in Sweden. These partnerships are composed of local, regional and public actors and represent the first use of the partnership method of making politics where the decisions taken by the established partnerships are to be binding for the managing authority. The Swedish national level had in the EC negotiations preceding the latest reform of the regulation setting the conditions for the distribution of structural funds fought for more self-determination in the delegation of structural funding. It was hence surprising that, when it had succeeded in getting this it decided to delegate it anyway. This is a study of the power effects of the law on Structural funding partnerships. The conclusions that are reached establish that there has in fact been a transfer of power to the structural funding partnerships but at the same time the state level has, through implicit methods of control, tried to influence the decisions made by these partnerships. A central part of the thesis has also been the development of a methodological tool that can be used when analyzing similar cases. (Less)
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author
Junesjö, Olof LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A Power Analysis of the Law on Structural Funding Partnerships in Sweden
course
STVM01 20091
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Process Tracing, lag om strukturfondspartnerskap, regional influence, governmentality, multilevel governance
language
English
id
1369605
date added to LUP
2009-04-17 09:04:44
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2009-04-17 09:04:44
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  abstract     = {The regional level in Sweden has traditionally been characterized as extremely weak in comparison to the more powerful national and local levels. Some scholars even go so far as to say that the regional level in Sweden is merely a tool of the government. When the law on structural funding partnerships was established it hence seemed as if something new had been established on the Swedish political scene. The law on structural funding partnerships establishes regional partnerships that are to prioritize among the applications for structural funds in Sweden. These partnerships are composed of local, regional and public actors and represent the first use of the partnership method of making politics where the decisions taken by the established partnerships are to be binding for the managing authority. The Swedish national level had in the EC negotiations preceding the latest reform of the regulation setting the conditions for the distribution of structural funds fought for more self-determination in the delegation of structural funding. It was hence surprising that, when it had succeeded in getting this it decided to delegate it anyway. This is a study of the power effects of the law on Structural funding partnerships. The conclusions that are reached establish that there has in fact been a transfer of power to the structural funding partnerships but at the same time the state level has, through implicit methods of control, tried to influence the decisions made by these partnerships. A central part of the thesis has also been the development of a methodological tool that can be used when analyzing similar cases.},
  author       = {Junesjö, Olof},
  keyword      = {Process Tracing,lag om strukturfondspartnerskap,regional influence,governmentality,multilevel governance},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Empowering the Regional Level?},
  year         = {2009},
}