Municipalities may, to different extents, be legitimate in the eyes of their citizens. This project aims at developing theory about local legitimacy and to empirically analyze variations in the legitimacy of Swedish municipalities. What distinguishes local government legitimacy from other forms of legitimacy? To what extent, how and why does municipal legitimacy vary, both between municipalities and as perceived by different individuals? Empirical studies have included a reanalysis of a citizens survey, carried out in 210 municipalities and with responses from a total of 200 000 citizens. The research project was financed by The Swedish Science Research Council.
Title of Project
01/01/2009 - 12/31/2012
Head of research
Anders Lidström, Department of Political Science