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Räftegård, Curt
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Lödén, H., Lindh, M., Miles, L. & Räftegård, C. (2009). Fusing Regions?: Investigating Sustainable Regional Action in Nordic Regions. In: : .
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2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper introduces the concept of regional action and then investigates the propensity for such regional action undertaken by policy-makers in three specific regions in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The paper focuses on the changing roles of regional networks and the implications for them as boundaries become blurred, the paper contends that the activities of regional policy-makers need to be understood through an appreciation that European integration is contributing to the transformation of regions and the blurring (or fusing) of regional competencies. There is therefore, in our view, an urgent need to focus research specifically upon how Nordic regional policy-makers act towards the European Union, and in what degrees and forms, regional action is sustainable at the functional level.

The research project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers as part of the Internationalisation of Regional Development Policies Needs and Demands in the Nordic countries research programme, and are a comparative study that focuses upon: (i) the behaviour, strategies and levels of action and interaction of regional actors in EU structures and (ii) the attitudes of regional actors towards interacting with the EU. The study concentrates on regional actors behaviour and attitudes in a variety of policy fields that is affected by EU.

This paper represents a part in the final phase of this project, which has a deadline for the final report in May, 2009, and are founded on an earlier paper, Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach, presented by the authors at the NISA conference in Odense (May 2007) and at the Performing Regions/Regional Performance: Regions and Regionalism in and Beyond Europe conference at Lancaster University (September 2007).

Methodological issues are not discussed in this paper; instead it focuses on the design of the study and the relation between the core concepts. Finally, we initiate a discussion on how to make policy recommendations as a result of a theoretically informed empirical study.

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11010 (URN)
Projects
Fusing Regions?
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2014-12-09Bibliographically approved
Lindh, M., Lödén, H., Miles, L., Stegmann McCallion, M. & Räftegård, C. (2009). Fusing Regions?: Sustainable Regional Action in the Context of European Integration. Stockholm: Nordregio
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2009 (English)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Nordregio, 2009. p. 126
Series
Nordregio Report, ISSN 1654-2290 ; 2009:8
Keywords
European integration, Regionalisation, Europeanization, Fusion, Regional Action
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11340 (URN)
Projects
Fusing Regions?
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2014-12-11Bibliographically approved
Lödén, H., Lindh, M., Miles, L., Räftegård, C. & Stegmann McCallion, M. (2009). Fusing Regions?: Sustainable Regional Governance in the Context of European Integration. Stockholm: Nordregio
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2009 (English)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Nordregio, 2009. p. 126
Series
Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, ISSN 16542290
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11324 (URN)
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2014-12-11Bibliographically approved
Räftegård, C. (2008). Forskning i samverkan - en kritisk analys av tre sätt att spela roll. In: Sune Berger (Ed.), Regional utveckling - om produktion, livskvalitet och inflytande: . Karlstad: Karlstad University Press
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2008 (Swedish)In: Regional utveckling - om produktion, livskvalitet och inflytande / [ed] Sune Berger, Karlstad: Karlstad University Press , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Forskning i samverkan, så kallad interaktiv forskning, innebär att forskare samverkar med praktiker i syfte att såväl understödja lösning på praktikers problem som att undersöka och lösa forskningsproblem. Studien analyserar tre olika sätt att agera som forskare med sådant dubbelt uppdrag. Resultatet pekar på att forskarens förmåga att utveckla en teoretiskt förankrad programidé och att agera utifrån den starkt påverkar den ömsesidiga nyttan av sådan forskning i samverkan

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2008
Keywords
Interaktiv forskning, aktionsforskning, forskarroll
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-19418 (URN)9789170631818 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21
Miles, L., Räftegård, C., Lindh, M. & Lödén, H. (2008). Fusing Regions? Sustainable Regional Governance in the Context of European Integration: Overview of the Main Preliminary Findings. Paper presented at Research Programme Seminar, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 8 September 2008. Paper presented at Research Programme Seminar, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 8 September 2008.
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2008 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This Briefing Paper presented the Main Preliminary Findings of the empirical research on Regional Action undertaken in three regions in Finland, Norway and Sweden as part of the Fusing Regions? Sustainable Regional Governance in the Context of European Integration project funded under the 'Internationalisation of Regional Development Policies - Needs and Demands in the Nordic Countries' research programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers

Keywords
Fusing Regions, fusion approach, regional action, institutional fusion, fusion perspective
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-19592 (URN)
Conference
Research Programme Seminar, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 8 September 2008
Projects
Fusing Regions?
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2014-12-09
Lindh, M., Miles, L., Räftegård, C. & Lödén, H. (2007). Fusing Regions? Sustainable Nordic Regional Governance in the Context of European Integration. Paper presented at Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 14 September 2007. Paper presented at Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 14 September 2007.
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2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This breifing paper outlined the research questions and design associated with the study of Regional Action and European integration using fusion techniques. The paper draws upon some of the initial ideas developed for the successful Fusing Regions? project being funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers' research programme in 2007-2008

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-19591 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO), Stockholm, 14 September 2007
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2014-12-09
Lindh, M., Räftegård, C., Miles, L. & Lödén, H. (2007). Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach. Paper presented at Nordic Int´l Studies Association conference, Odense 23-25 May 2007. Paper presented at Nordic Int´l Studies Association conference, Odense 23-25 May 2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22944 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Int´l Studies Association conference, Odense 23-25 May 2007
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2014-12-09
Lindh, M., Miles, L., Räftegård, C. & Lödén, H. (2007). Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach. Paper presented at Paper Presented at the NISA conference in Odense 23-25 May 2007. Paper presented at Paper Presented at the NISA conference in Odense 23-25 May 2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22945 (URN)
Conference
Paper Presented at the NISA conference in Odense 23-25 May 2007
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2014-12-09
Lindh, M., Miles, L., Räftegård, C. & Lödén, H. (2007). Understanding Regional Action and the EU: A Fusion Approach. Paper presented at Performing Regions/Regional Performance, Inst for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Univ, UK, 17-19 sept 2007. Paper presented at Performing Regions/Regional Performance, Inst for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Univ, UK, 17-19 sept 2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding Regional Action and the EU: A Fusion Approach
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-25164 (URN)
Conference
Performing Regions/Regional Performance, Inst for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Univ, UK, 17-19 sept 2007
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2014-12-09
Lindh, M., Miles, L., Räftegård, C. & Lödén, H. (2007). Understanding Regional Action and the European Union: A Fusion Approach.
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2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What do European regions do in order to influence the European Union? How can regions get the best out of the EU? This working paper represents the final stage in the first phase of an ongoing research project aiming at answering these questions by comparing regional actors’ activities towards the European Union.

The project focuses on: (i) exploring and categorising existing regional action among Nordic regional policy-makers, with an emphasis on assessing the attention given to, and the action undertaken by, these policy-makers on EU questions; (ii) evaluating the conceptions and attitudes of regional actors toward existing and future participation in EU-related frameworks in order to, (iii), facilitate the development of an empirically and theoretically informed model for comparing Nordic regional relations with the EU.

In this working paper the conceptual elements that will be used to describe and understand regional action are presented.

The research project is funded by Nordic Council of Ministers as part of the Internationalisation of Regional Development Policies – Needs and Demands in the Nordic Countries research programme and the Centre for Research on Regional Development (Cerut) at Karlstad University.

Publisher
p. 31
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2007:41
Keywords
regional action, European Union, fusion
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-2248 (URN)978-91-7063-145-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-17 Created: 2013-01-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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