Urban and Regional Research International

Urban Political Decentralisation

Six Scandinavian Cities

Authors: Bäck, H., Gjelstrup, G., Helgesen, M., Johansson, F., Klausen, J.E.

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Intra-municipal decentralisation in Scandinavian cities is unique with regard to the volume of services devolved to urban districts. The book investigates the democratic and efficiency effects of decentralisation reforms in six major Scandinavian cities. Special attention is given to consequences of different institutional arrangements as well as to providing an understanding of reform processes. Data for the descriptions and analyses are provided by a number of sources: Surveys with district politicians and samples of citizens, published evaluation reports and interview data from three case studies especially done for this study. Institutional arrangements differ between Copenhagen with relatively autonomous districts and Swedish and Norwegian cities whose districts are more closely integrated with the centre. These differences do matter, both with regard to reform effects and the trajectories of reform processes. Institutionalisation, adaptation and power seeking behaviour of political parties are important factors for understanding the reform processes.

About the authors

Henry Bäck, Professor of Public Administration, Göteborg University; Gunnar Gjelstrup, Senior Lecturer, Roskilde University; Marit Helgesen, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo; Folke Johansson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Göteborg University; Jan Erling Klausen, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Political Decentralisation
Book Subtitle
Six Scandinavian Cities
Authors
Series Title
Urban and Regional Research International
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2005
Publisher
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Copyright Holder
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften/GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden
Softcover ISBN
978-3-8100-4068-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
179
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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