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Citizens' inter-municipal political orientations: evidence from Swedish city-regions
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2010 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 47, no 10, 2093-2109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theories of public participation, such as the civic voluntarism model, typically assume that local participation takes place in the community where one resides. However, with an increasingly mobile population, this can no longer be taken for granted. Using survey data, this study analyses citizens’ intermunicipal political orientations in urban and suburban municipalities in seven Swedish city-regions. The civic voluntarism model turns out to be only partially applicable. In addition, it appears that having links across the urban—suburb divide—that is, working in a large urban region but dwelling in the suburbs rather than in the city—enhances one’s intermunicipal political orientation. The findings have practical implications that point to the need to reconsider how urban democracy is organised.

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Urban Studies Journal Limited , 2010. Vol. 47, no 10, 2093-2109 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37974DOI: 10.1177/0042098009357960ISI: 000280775500004OAI: diva2:371355
Available from: 2010-11-19 Created: 2010-11-19 Last updated: 2010-12-06Bibliographically approved

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