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Regional Policy as Interaction between National Institutions and Regional Science: The Nordic Growth Centre Policies, 1965-1980
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic history.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5434-7304
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, Vol. 38, no 3, 367-386 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a reaction to emerging regional imbalances, discussions regarding growth centre policy began in the Nordic countries during the latter part of the 1960s. At this time, a working group within EFTA provided a policy option based on international theories from urban and agglomeration economics. Within the actual growth centre policies in Norway, Sweden and Finland, central elements from the EFTA concept related to the scale of the centres were however not adopted. Instead, growth centres were located to places which had a smaller population than the 30 000 inhabitants recommended by the EFTA concept. This outcome was related to the fact that the EFTA concept was adapted to the existing regional policy institutions. As these institutions were egalitarian and redistributive in character, the Nordic growth centre policies favoured a more dispersed settlement structure than suggested by the EFTA concept.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. Vol. 38, no 3, 367-386 p.
Keyword [en]
growth centre policy, regional science, regional policy institutions
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79172DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2013.805307ISI: 000320979900005OAI: diva2:639960
EU, European Research Council, 41370

Rapporten har genomförts inom ramen för projektet ACANALYS. Projektet syftar till att utveckla kompetens för analys av hållbar regional utveckling i Västerbotten. ACANALYS bedrivs av CERUM, Umeå universitet och finansieras av EU:s strukturfonder, Region Västerbotten, Västerbottens läns landsting, Umeå, Skellefteå och Lycksele kommuner samt stöds av Företagarna Västerbotten och Västerbottens Handelskammare.

Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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