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Multi-level governance as 'post-constitutional' politics: subnational actors and the Swedish constitution
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, Vol. 41, no 2, 301-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2011, an amendment was introduced to the Swedish constitution to provide stronger protection for local self-government. This article seeks to explain this amendment in the light of the development of central-local relations towards multi-level governance (MLG). It explores the adaptation hypothesis, i.e. the developments in MLG are followed by an adjustment in constitutional policy that is influenced by subnational actors, through an empirical study of the most prominent Swedish subnational actor - the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). The research showed that SALAR developed an agenda for the regulation of central-local relations in the constitution. SALAR was able to exert influence with this agenda by participating in the policy-making process prior to the amendment of the constitution. The research findings underscore that even though MLG per se has little to do with constitutional policy, it has consequences for such policy due to the role played by subnational actors.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 41, no 2, 301-319 p.
Keyword [en]
subnational government, subnational actors, Multi-level governance, constitutional policy, Sweden, central-local relations
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98959DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2014.919267ISI: 000349151400007OAI: diva2:784401
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2007-0370:1-E
Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-29 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved

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