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Subnational Sweden, the national state and the EU
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9482-4494
2020 (English)In: Regional & Federal Studies, ISSN 1359-7566, E-ISSN 1743-9434, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 137-154Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines to what extent the position of the Swedish state vis-à-vis the European Union (EU) has been mediated by domestic factors, and in particular how this has affected its subnational authorities, since Sweden joined the EU in 1995. It examines whether path-dependency prevented Sweden from converging with other member states. The article then examines the relevance of subnational mobilization for the relationship of the Swedish state to the EU. It provides an overview of bottom-up activism, subnational capacity building and top-down influence of the EU over conditions at the local and regional levels in Sweden. It is argued that the traditionally strong position of subnational authorities in Sweden, its institutional and administrative culture and a favourable economic situation have mediated EU influence over the Swedish state. This has also made it possible for local and regional government to bypass the state in its activities vis-à-vis the EU.

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Routledge, 2020. Vol. 30, no 2, p. 137-154
Keywords [en]
Sweden, decentralization, regionalization, subnational authorities, regional government
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-169128DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2018.1500907Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050339313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-169128DiVA, id: diva2:1416058
Available from: 2020-03-20 Created: 2020-03-20 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved

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