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Regionaliseringens påverkan på tillväxt och välfärd: En studie med 41 länder
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The effect of regionalization on growth and welfare : A study with 41 countries (English)
Abstract [en]

The regional level is awakening all over the world and is given more power and independence from the state often in the name of increasing growth and welfare. This process of decentralization, usually called regionalization, raises the question of the empirical truth of the alleged increased economic growth and higher welfare, which is what the theory of new regionalism and politicians both proclaim. The purpose of this study is to find and measure the effect of regionalization on national economic growth and welfare. It also strives to put the results from this study in context to both the theory of new regionalism and to give guidance to further regionalization from an economic growth- and welfare perspective. Therefore the research questions for this thesis is: Does regionalization, measured through Regional Authority Index, have an effect on the economic growth of countries, measured through an increase in the average Gross Domestic Product per capita? Does regionalization, measured through Regional Authority Index, have an effect on the welfare of countries, measured through Human Development Index? How do the results from these questions matter in the existing theory of new regionalism?

By use of economic theory five other predictors of economic growth and welfare are chosen and put into the multiple regression analysis, to control the effect of regionalization compared to these other explanatory variables. The result indicates that regionalization cannot be said to have a significant effect on economic growth and welfare. Thus the theory of new regionalism is not supported in the claim that regions rising up because it is a better engine of growth and prosperity than the rigid state level. This doesn’t mean that regionalization is a process to avoid, there might be many more reasons to decentralize power, merely the claim that regionalization gives a country a higher economic growth and welfare isn’t accurate. From this study’s conclusion a more likely factor to economic growth and welfare seems to be to invest in research and development and to have a growth in population. Finally this study’s results indicates a normative suggestion that further regionalization is not appropriate from a growth perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 64 p.
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11638Local ID: STV C-37OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11638DiVA: diva2:503825
Subject / course
Political Science
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Available from: 2012-03-02 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-03-02Bibliographically approved

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