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När EU kom till byn: LEADER II - ett sätt att styra landsbygdens utveckling
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
EU in the Village : LEADER II, Governance and Rural Development (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyse changes in political and territorial organisation that followed the introduction and implementation of the EU initiative for rural development, LEADER II, in Sweden. Focusing on the actors involved, the LEADER process is analysed from three perspectives: local democracy; the construction of regions; and the political capacity to act. Governance is the conceptual framework that guides the analysis. The main empirical material consists of 85 interviews conducted with people who actively participated in LEADER II. The LEADER programme is aiming at transgressing existing boundaries between societal sectors. It is done through the creation of partnership organisations and new regions. Viewed from a governance standpoint, the inclusion of actors from the private and non-profit sectors promises higher efficiency in delivering political goods through added resources and increased local knowledge. However, even if governance indicates that new forms for political implementation can be experimented with there are limits to what can be achieved. In the LEADER case, it is clear that the public sector retained its power over resources, means and ends.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Kulturgeografiska institutionen , 2002. , 192 p.
Geografiska regionstudier, ISSN 0431-2023 ; 50
Keyword [en]
Social and economic geography, political geography, governance, rural development, LEADER II, partnership, region, capacity to act, EU, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-2955ISBN: 91-506-1637-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-2955DiVA: diva2:162172
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2002-11-29, Universitetshuset, sal IV, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2002-11-08 Created: 2002-11-08Bibliographically approved

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