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A door-opener to Europe: a study of Swedish regional offices

Haugthon, Josefin LU (2011) STVM17 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this study is to examine how Swedish regions and cities are making
use of Europe by various forms of lobbying efforts, and describe what role they
are playing in EU’s multi-level system. The study initially concentrates on the
development of the regional offices in general, and the Swedish offices in
particular. Additionally, the study intends to discuss the possibilities and
implications of the increasingly international role of the sub-national authorities.
The multi-level governance approach, complemented with the network
governance approach, is used to explain the role as well as the interaction between
the sub-national level and other actors on different territorial levels. The empirical
material is based... (More)
The aim of this study is to examine how Swedish regions and cities are making
use of Europe by various forms of lobbying efforts, and describe what role they
are playing in EU’s multi-level system. The study initially concentrates on the
development of the regional offices in general, and the Swedish offices in
particular. Additionally, the study intends to discuss the possibilities and
implications of the increasingly international role of the sub-national authorities.
The multi-level governance approach, complemented with the network
governance approach, is used to explain the role as well as the interaction between
the sub-national level and other actors on different territorial levels. The empirical
material is based on a series of interviews with representatives from Swedish
regional offices.
The study shows that the Swedish regional offices have different roles in EU’s
multi-level system. Sometimes they act as individual players and other times they
collaborate with others in networks depending on the issue. The results indicate
that all the regional offices conduct down-stream lobbying efforts where they
utilise the existing framework, while the more specialised regional offices are
more focused on up-stream lobbying activities which means that they are trying to
influence EU processes at an early stage. (Less)
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author
Haugthon, Josefin LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
EU, regional offices, lobbying
language
English
id
2063527
date added to LUP
2011-08-31 15:43:05
date last changed
2011-08-31 15:43:05
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study is to examine how Swedish regions and cities are making 
use of Europe by various forms of lobbying efforts, and describe what role they 
are playing in EU’s multi-level system. The study initially concentrates on the 
development of the regional offices in general, and the Swedish offices in 
particular. Additionally, the study intends to discuss the possibilities and 
implications of the increasingly international role of the sub-national authorities. 
The multi-level governance approach, complemented with the network 
governance approach, is used to explain the role as well as the interaction between 
the sub-national level and other actors on different territorial levels. The empirical 
material is based on a series of interviews with representatives from Swedish 
regional offices.  
The study shows that the Swedish regional offices have different roles in EU’s 
multi-level system. Sometimes they act as individual players and other times they 
collaborate with others in networks depending on the issue. The results indicate 
that all the regional offices conduct down-stream lobbying efforts where they 
utilise the existing framework, while the more specialised regional offices are 
more focused on up-stream lobbying activities which means that they are trying to 
influence EU processes at an early stage.},
  author       = {Haugthon, Josefin},
  keyword      = {EU,regional offices,lobbying},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A door-opener to Europe: a study of Swedish regional offices},
  year         = {2011},
}