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Baldersheim, H., Houlberg, K., Lidström, A., Hlynsdottir, E.-M. & Kettunen, P. (2019). Local Autonomy in the Nordic Countries: A report for the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. Kristiansand: Universitetet i Agder; KS FoU
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local Autonomy in the Nordic Countries: A report for the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities
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2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristiansand: Universitetet i Agder; KS FoU, 2019. p. 87
Keywords
local autonomy, nordic countries
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158243 (URN)
Available from: 2019-04-17 Created: 2019-04-17 Last updated: 2019-05-08Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. (2019). Prospects for a European Municipal Data Archive (EMDA). Umeå
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prospects for a European Municipal Data Archive (EMDA)
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report summarizes a review of the availability of comparable municipal level data on local politics and administration in 29 European countries (the EU member countries excluding Bulgaria, Cyprus, Luxemburg and Malta but including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and also Israel). The information was collected through a survey of experts, mainly members of the Cost Action Project on Local Public Sector Reforms (IS1207) that was carried out 2013-2017. The report shows that data availability varies between the different countries. However, with some work it would be possible to establish, for the first time, a database, covering 18-20 countries and with selected data on local political, administrative and socio-economic conditions for a specific year. A second, and more ambitious stage, which may require recoding and processing of data, would make it possible to add further years, countries and variables.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: , 2019. p. 22
Keywords
Local government, municipal data, comparative politics
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155464 (URN)
Projects
COST Action IS1207 Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. & Madell, T. (2018). Adjusting to international standards: has Sweden learned from the European Charter of Local Self-Government?. Lex Localis, 16(4), 951-969
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adjusting to international standards: has Sweden learned from the European Charter of Local Self-Government?
2018 (English)In: Lex Localis, ISSN 1581-5374, E-ISSN 1855-363X, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 951-969Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following Swedish ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1989, a number of further reforms of Sweden’s system of local government have taken place. Based on premises derived from institutional theory, this article examines the extent to which these reforms can be seen as further adjustments to the Charter. Analyses of monitoring reports and policy documents indicate that the reforms are largely inspired by the Charter but that some key features of the Swedish legal system, such as the lack of a significant judicial remedy, remain unaffected despite the demands of the Charter.

Keywords
European Charter of Local Self-Government, decentralisation, self-government, local reform, Sweden
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science; Law
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152838 (URN)10.4335/16.4.951-969(2018) (DOI)
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2019-01-08Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. (2018). Asymmetrisk ansvarsfördelning på kommunal nivå: Underlagsrapport till Kommunutredningen Fi 2017:02. Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Asymmetrisk ansvarsfördelning på kommunal nivå: Underlagsrapport till Kommunutredningen Fi 2017:02
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2018. p. 37
Keywords
asymmetrisk ansvarsfördelning, kommuner
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148235 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. (2018). Socialdemokraternas tillbakagång 1973-2014: strukturella förklaringar och regionala variationer. Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socialdemokraternas tillbakagång 1973-2014: strukturella förklaringar och regionala variationer
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Socialdemokraterna har tappat en tredjedel av väljarstödet under de senaste 40 åren. På basis av analyser av riksdagsresultat på kommunnivå under 1973-2014 konstateras att 75 procent av nedgången kan förklaras av en förändrad samhällsstruktur. Återstoden avspeglar stora regionala skillnader. Socialdemokraterna har gjort klart bättre resultat än vad strukturfaktorerna kan förklara i bl.a. Norra Norrlands kustland, Värmland och Skaraborg, men sämre ifrån sig än förväntat i bl.a. Södra Norrland, Bergslagen, Storstockholm och Skåne.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2018. p. 55
Series
Forskningsrapporter i statsvetenskap vid Umeå universitet, ISSN 0349-0831 ; 2018:1
Keywords
Socialdemokraterna, riksdagsval, aggregatdataanalys, politiska regioner
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143760 (URN)978-91-7601-829-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. (2018). Territorial political orientations in Swedish city-regions. Journal of Urban Affairs, 40(1), 31-46
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Territorial political orientations in Swedish city-regions
2018 (English)In: Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN 0735-2166, E-ISSN 1467-9906, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 31-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is concerned with local political orientations of citizens living in city-regions. Initially, a typology is developed in which three orientations are identified — metropolitan, intermunicipal, and municipal. This is followed by an empirical analysis of the occurrence of intermunicipal and municipal political orientations in two Swedish city-regions and how they vary. The analysis shows that the variation to a large extent can be explained by a combination of civic voluntarism, territorial identity, and city-regional integration. In addition, intermunicipal orientations turn out to be most common among suburban dwellers in large city-regions. The results of the study are significant for our understanding of citizenship in city-regions, as well as policy implications because they emphasize the need to develop democratic measures that make it possible for citizens to exert influence over collective matters in the city-region as a whole.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Keywords
city dwellers, metropolitan areas, cities & towns, municipal government, quality of life
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143399 (URN)10.1111/juaf.12244 (DOI)000428787300003 ()
Projects
Svenska stadsregioner: demokrati, lokalt medborgarskap och politiska institutionen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2008-0058:1-E
Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. & Schaap, L. (2018). The citizen in city-regions: patterns and variations. Journal of Urban Affairs, 40(1), 1-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The citizen in city-regions: patterns and variations
2018 (English)In: Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN 0735-2166, E-ISSN 1467-9906, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the growth of city-regions, the local citizenship may increasingly become city-regional rather than municipal. This article provides a meta-analysis of the current state of knowledge with regard to general patterns of city-regionalism; that is, citizens' orientations toward political matters in the city-region, beyond one's own municipality. The theoretical framework draws from theories of participation, citizen integration, and democratic scale. The analysis is based on 12 publications, making use of the 8 surveys from 7 countries that have been carried out in the Western world since 2000. The analysis provide support for the theoretical assumptions, but because the data are not directly comparable, conclusions are formulated as hypotheses: It is suggested that city-regionalism is stronger in larger and fragmented city-regions. Further, those living in the suurban municipalities hold stronger intermunicipal interests, attitudes, and identities but those in the core city are more in favor of redistributive regional reform. Finally, city-regionalism is stronger among those who are mobile in the city-region, are better educated, have a general interest in politics, and belong to the political left. The findings have implications for how democratic participation and governance may be organized in city-regions. Further and internationally coordinated studies are required.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Keywords
regionalism, metropolitan areas, city dwellers, cities & towns, municipal government, quality of life
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143397 (URN)10.1080/07352166.2017.1355668 (DOI)000428787300001 ()
Projects
Svenska stadsregioner: demokrati, lokalt medborgarskap och politiska institutionen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Dnr P2008-0058:1-E
Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. & Schaap, L. (Eds.). (2018). The Citizens in City-Regions. Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Citizens in City-Regions
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 148
Series
Special issue of Journal of Urban Affairs, ISSN ISSN: 0735-2166
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143400 (URN)
Projects
Svenska stadsregioner: demokrati, lokalt medborgarskap och politiska institutionen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2008-0058:1-E
Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2018-08-20
Lidström, A. & Pierre, J. (2017). Forskning om lokalt och urbant i Sverige. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 119(3), 361-366
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forskning om lokalt och urbant i Sverige
2017 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 119, no 3, p. 361-366Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen, 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140396 (URN)
Projects
Svenska stadsregioner: Demokrati, lokalt medborgarskap och politiska institutioner (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2008-0058:1-E
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lidström, A. (2017). Public Authorities and Intermunicipal Cooperation in a European Context. Urban Affairs Review, 52(2), 403-409
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Public Authorities and Intermunicipal Cooperation in a European Context
2017 (English)In: Urban Affairs Review, ISSN 1078-0874, E-ISSN 1552-8332, Vol. 52, no 2, p. 403-409Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although not entirely clear with regard to definitions and delimitations, the article by Savitch and Adhikari opens up for a comparative research agenda of considerable importance for better understanding the preconditions for how the metropolis can be governed. Their suggestion that public authorities are important for solving collective problems in the metropolitan areas is also relevant in a European context. There is already a tradition in Europe to establish cooperative arrangements between metropolitan local governments for tasks that requires a larger territorial scale, but Savitch and Adhikari direct our attention to private law arrangements, i.e. inter-municipal corporations. Also in Europe, these have become increasingly common, which may be understood in the light of the increasing marketization of local government. Although lacking in democratic legitimacy, they provide more flexibility and may also include private businesses in their governing body. However, knowledge about their occurrence and functions is limited, which calls for further, systematic and comparative research. In particular, it should be investigated whether they, as in the US, are more common in the metropolitan areas with the strongest resources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
public authorities, intermunicipal cooperation, intermunicipal corporations, European metropolitan areas
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
political science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131791 (URN)10.1177/1078087416630613 (DOI)000395446600008 ()
Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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