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Stadspolitik i småstaden - En studie av strategier och policyprocesser

Rikardsson, Robin LU (2012) STVM11 20112
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Economic growth has for a long time been the policy goal for Western cities. Since the decline of the Keynesian economic model, cities have to compete against others – on a global arena – to attract citizens and corporations to their cities. To reach the policy goal of economic growth cities develops growth oriented strategies. In a Swedish context, local politics have often been understood as the delivering of welfare-service, ordered by the national government. However, this study challenge this state-centric view of local politics, and highlights how two Swedish small towns adopt growth oriented strategies in order to enhance their competitiveness against other cities.
By using process-tracing, this study investigates the development,... (More)
Economic growth has for a long time been the policy goal for Western cities. Since the decline of the Keynesian economic model, cities have to compete against others – on a global arena – to attract citizens and corporations to their cities. To reach the policy goal of economic growth cities develops growth oriented strategies. In a Swedish context, local politics have often been understood as the delivering of welfare-service, ordered by the national government. However, this study challenge this state-centric view of local politics, and highlights how two Swedish small towns adopt growth oriented strategies in order to enhance their competitiveness against other cities.
By using process-tracing, this study investigates the development, organization and the content of the growth oriented strategies in two Swedish small towns. The results of the study show that the towns have developed different strategies – in cooperation with informal actors – in order to expand their tax bases. Moreover, the politicians motivates the informal character of the policy process by referring to the necessity of growth oriented strategies; in order to secure the delivering of competitive welfare-services in the future. (Less)
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author
Rikardsson, Robin LU
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organization
course
STVM11 20112
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
urban governance, Lomma, Olofström, competition state, process tracing
language
Swedish
id
2275500
date added to LUP
2012-02-14 21:08:40
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2012-02-14 21:08:40
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  abstract     = {Economic growth has for a long time been the policy goal for Western cities. Since the decline of the Keynesian economic model, cities have to compete against others – on a global arena – to attract citizens and corporations to their cities. To reach the policy goal of economic growth cities develops growth oriented strategies. In a Swedish context, local politics have often been understood as the delivering of welfare-service, ordered by the national government. However, this study challenge this state-centric view of local politics, and highlights how two Swedish small towns adopt growth oriented strategies in order to enhance their competitiveness against other cities. 
By using process-tracing, this study investigates the development, organization and the content of the growth oriented strategies in two Swedish small towns. The results of the study show that the towns have developed different strategies – in cooperation with informal actors – in order to expand their tax bases. Moreover, the politicians motivates the informal character of the policy process by referring to the necessity of growth oriented strategies; in order to secure the delivering of competitive welfare-services in the future.},
  author       = {Rikardsson, Robin},
  keyword      = {urban governance,Lomma,Olofström,competition state,process tracing},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Stadspolitik i småstaden - En studie av strategier och policyprocesser},
  year         = {2012},
}