Democracy in Swedish city-regions: Local citizenship and political institutions

Huw can citizens be democratically involved in city-regional decision-making, i.e. where the city is functionally linked to surrounding municipalities? What type of political institutions are established to handle collective matters for the city-region?

City-regions consist of a city with a hinterland, functionally connected mainly through joint markets for labour and housing. This project has explored what it means to be a citizen in a city-region and has investigated the political institutions that has emerged to handle collective matters in the city-region. Studies were carried out in the Umea region and the Goteborg region, partly using citizen surveys. The project has also initiated international comparative studies of citizenship in city-regions. The project members are from political science, social and cultural geography and regional economics. It was funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

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Title of Project

Democracy in Swedish city-regions: Local citizenship and political institutions

Project Period

01/01/2009 - 12/31/2012

Subject areas

Political science, Human geography, economic geography, Economics

Head of research

Anders Lidström, Department of Political Science


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