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Pathways to Demographic Adaptation

Perspectives on Policy and Planning in Depopulating Areas in Northern Europe

Authors: Syssner, Josefina

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  • Analyzes depopulation in Northern Europe from a policy perspective
  • Utilizes case studies to assess demographic adaptation policies for improving population management
  • Discusses local and regional policies for economic growth and development
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This book builds on case studies in depopulating and shrinking areas in Northern Europe. While most contemporary literature on shrinkage focuses on these issues from a planning standpoint, this book uniquely applies a policy perspective when approaching the material. The book assesses the potential of demographic adaptation policies to manage depopulation, that is, policy programs aiming at managing depopulation through adaptation, rather than through growth policies intended to foster population growth. In 6 chapters, the book acts as an up-to-date resource on demographic adaptation for master and Ph.D. students, researchers, and practitioners working in local and regional development, governance, and planning.  

Chapter 1 gives an overview of recent demographic trends in Northern Europe and introduces the theoretical differences between growth policy and adaptation policy. Chapter 2 accounts for the policy concept and introduces a framework for how local adaptation policies could be systematically analysed. Chapter 3 suggests that the Nordic welfare states exhibit two characteristics that prove to be relevant when discussing the consequences and policy implications of demographic decline, i.e. an extremely sparse population structure and an ambitious welfare assignment that in many respects has been devolved to the local level of government. Chapter 4 suggests that whether shrinkage constitutes a problem or not depends upon the interpretations of those in power, but also upon political, economic and geographic conditions Chapter 5 seeks to understand why local level policymakers avoid developing strategies for how to handle long-term population decline. Chapter 6 summarizes the points of the previous chapters, and concludes that local governments in shrinking areas ought to develop local adaptation policies. These policies, however, also need to be subjected to critical analysis, and the chapter introduces a model for how local adaptation policy priorities could be assessed in a more structured manner. 


About the authors

Dr. Josefina Syssner is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Human Geography in the Centre for Municipality Studies at Linkoping University. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from Linkoping University in 2006, was Director of the Centre for Municipality Studies from 2012 to 2017, and has authored or co-authored 1 book and 4 book chapters. Her research interests are in the political issues, strategies and processes linked to local and regional development, and demographic adaptation. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pathways to Demographic Adaptation
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on Policy and Planning in Depopulating Areas in Northern Europe
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34046-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34046-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-34045-2
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 93
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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