"Alla ska med": En case baserad kvalitativ intervjustudie om medborgardialogen kring Umeås centrumomvandling.
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This essay is about citizen participation in the Swedish Municipality of Umea. It regards the changes to the city center which have been pointed out by inhabitants and the media to have been done without participation (focusing on the case of Rådhusesplanaden). The study uses a qualitative interview method, to research narratives of young inhabitants regarding participation of both inhabitants and politicians/planners and comparing the results by placing it upon: Sherry Arnsteins "A Ladder of Citizen Participation" (A model which grades the participation on an eight rung ladder reaching from non-participation to citizen power).The results clearly show that both the municipality and the inhabitants according to my interpretation can be placed in the middle ranges of the ladder of citizen participation and the overall narratives describes perceptions and experiences of participation, in general both the municipality and the inhabitants seem to be aware of problems. These problems are critical for both the inhabitants and the municipality, since the inhabitants feel excluded, the municipality itself could in the long term loose (and probably already have lost) some of its credibility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 43 p.
Citizen Participation, Umeå municipality, Narrative, “A Ladder of Citizen Participation”, “Alla ska med”
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90164OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-90164DiVA: diva2:726169
Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Appelblad, Håkan, Universitetslektor
Wiberg, Ulf, Professor Emeritus