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Citizens in City-Regions: Political Orientations Across Municipal Borders
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (English)In: Urban Affairs Review, ISSN 1078-0874, E-ISSN 1078-0874, Vol. 49, no 2, 282-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Establishing democratic governance in city-regions would be facilitated if citizens had a political orientation that exceeded the borders of their own municipalities. Using citizen surveys in two Swedish city-regions, the article analyzes the occurrence of different forms of intermunicipal activism and then evaluates explanations for the observed variation. While traditional theories of public participation are shown to have some explanatory power, the integration of citizens into the city-region and their place of residence also turn out to be important. Furthermore, different forms of activism are explained by different patterns of explanations, suggesting that the complexity of the intermunicipal dimension of political participation must be taken into account when developing forms of city-regional governance.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 49, no 2, 282-306 p.
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city-regions, local democracy, urban government, legitimacy, public participation
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60267DOI: 10.1177/1078087412457549ISI: 000330317400005OAI: diva2:559194
Svenska stadsregioner: Demokrati, lokalt medborgarskapoch politiska institutioner
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2008-0058:1

Author’s Note: A previous version of this article was presented at the EURA Conference “Understanding City Dynamics” in Darmstadt, Germany, 24-26 September 2010. The author is grateful to participants for valuable comments.

Available from: 2012-10-08 Created: 2012-10-08 Last updated: 2014-03-03Bibliographically approved

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