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Från lokal välfärdsstat till stadspolitik: politiska processer mellan demokrati och effektivitet: vision Mälarstaden och Östra hamnen i Västerås
Örebro universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5356-4112
2004 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
From local welfare government to urban governance : political processes between democracy and efficiency (English)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of the thesis is to analyse the preconditions of contemporary Swedish city politics. The aim is reached through the answering of three questions; 1), what characterises contemporary Swedish city politics? 2), what contributes to the shaping and organisation of urban political processes in Sweden? 3), what problems and challenges are central to Swedish city politics?

Based on interviews, documents and articles an empirical study of a Swedish city (Västerås) in its historical, national and international context is taken as a point of departure for reflections and conclusions with regard to the development of city politics and planning in Sweden. City politics in the studied city is analysed within the wider context of Swedish welfare state development and the international and global processes that have potential effects on national and city politics. The relationship between the historical development and urban politics is conceptualised by an approach where local actors act within structures that both constrain and enable action. Crucial concepts guiding the analysis are agenda, interests, representation, actors, democracy, planning, networks and legitimation.

In conclusion the study shows how a specific urban process is influenced by courses of events at different societal levels, events that contribute to the formation of a contextual setting where the concrete actions are staged and played out. Global and international phenomena influence politics at the national level with consequences for the configuration of central-local relations and other preconditions of urban political processes. Urban politics occur within a framework that is favourable to the interests of some actors and negative to others. Thus, urban politics is deeply affected by extra-local determinants with substantial effects upon the urban environment. To survive and develop in a world ridden by such strong forces city politics faces the dual challenge of acting efficiently, i.e. being sensitive to the needs and demands of local elites, while keeping its democratic legitimacy, i.e. being sensitive to the needs and demands of all citizens.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek , 2004. , 298 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 11
Keyword [en]
Statsvetenskap, statskunskap
Keyword [sv]
Stadspolitik, historia, välfärdsstat, globalisering, stadsidentitet, politisk process, politisk dagordning, demokrati, planering, nätverk, legitimering
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26075ISBN: 91-7668-406-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-26075DiVA: diva2:601843
Public defence
2004-10-11, Hörsal D, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, 13:00
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Available from: 2004-09-20 Created: 2013-01-30 Last updated: 2014-09-10Bibliographically approved

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