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Europe on a local level : exploring motives behind EU-funded projects, through path dependency and Europeanisation

Wendel, Josefin LU (2015) EUHR18 20151
European Studies
Abstract
Focusing on what motivates local authorities to apply for project funding from the European Union (EU) through its funds and funding programmes, this research paper explores the motivation with the framework of path dependency and the context of Europeanisation. Using a sample of Swedish local authorities, interviews with municipal staff members were carried out. By analysing the rhetoric and argumentation used by civil servants, who are close to the institutional logic, motives and reasonings were unveiled.

This paper argues that local authorities are not only motivated by money or project-specific objectives, but by considerably deeper and more institutionally engrained principles and developments. The findings show that EU project... (More)
Focusing on what motivates local authorities to apply for project funding from the European Union (EU) through its funds and funding programmes, this research paper explores the motivation with the framework of path dependency and the context of Europeanisation. Using a sample of Swedish local authorities, interviews with municipal staff members were carried out. By analysing the rhetoric and argumentation used by civil servants, who are close to the institutional logic, motives and reasonings were unveiled.

This paper argues that local authorities are not only motivated by money or project-specific objectives, but by considerably deeper and more institutionally engrained principles and developments. The findings show that EU project funding applications of the sampled local authorities are path dependent, though also influenced by Europeanisation and larger developments such as projectification of public authorities.

Understanding what motivates local authorities, which play a central role in delivering services to EU residents in their everyday lives, to apply for EU project funding is important also in understanding what discourages local authorities from doing so. The path dependence in this area has serious implications for local authorities as well as for the EU, particularly as project funding is a vital tool kit for the EU in realising policy and/or tackling problems. (Less)
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Wendel, Josefin LU
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organization
course
EUHR18 20151
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type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Path Dependency, Europeanisation, Europeanization, European Union, EU, Projectification, Local Authorities, Kommun, Sweden, Skåne, Structural Funds, EU Project, EU Funding Programmes, Rhetorical Analysis
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English
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7372070
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2015-06-23 12:31:44
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2015-12-14 13:23:21
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  abstract     = {Focusing on what motivates local authorities to apply for project funding from the European Union (EU) through its funds and funding programmes, this research paper explores the motivation with the framework of path dependency and the context of Europeanisation. Using a sample of Swedish local authorities, interviews with municipal staff members were carried out. By analysing the rhetoric and argumentation used by civil servants, who are close to the institutional logic, motives and reasonings were unveiled.

This paper argues that local authorities are not only motivated by money or project-specific objectives, but by considerably deeper and more institutionally engrained principles and developments. The findings show that EU project funding applications of the sampled local authorities are path dependent, though also influenced by Europeanisation and larger developments such as projectification of public authorities.

Understanding what motivates local authorities, which play a central role in delivering services to EU residents in their everyday lives, to apply for EU project funding is important also in understanding what discourages local authorities from doing so. The path dependence in this area has serious implications for local authorities as well as for the EU, particularly as project funding is a vital tool kit for the EU in realising policy and/or tackling problems.},
  author       = {Wendel, Josefin},
  keyword      = {Path Dependency,Europeanisation,Europeanization,European Union,EU,Projectification,Local Authorities,Kommun,Sweden,Skåne,Structural Funds,EU Project,EU Funding Programmes,Rhetorical Analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Europe on a local level : exploring motives behind EU-funded projects, through path dependency and Europeanisation},
  year         = {2015},
}