Local and Regional Governance in Europe: Evidence from Nordic Regions (Elgar Monographs)
By: Magnus Jerneck (editor), Janerik Gidlund (editor)Hardback
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The European political landscape is one of constant flux and it is this alternating integration and disintegration which influences the basic conditions in which political power is exercised. This book argues that the interests of the cities and regions of Europe are increasingly influenced by European supranational institutions rather than the nation state and that governance in Europe is shifting to a regional and local level. This shift of influence implies potential for economic development and new political strategies but also poses a serious threat to national identity and the traditional sovereignty of the state. Focusing on processes of internationalism and regionalization, the book discerns fascinating peculiarities in the Nordic response to a radically changing environment. The authors take a comparative approach to four Nordic countries and examine the efforts involved at local and regional level to safeguard interests. Their analysis and conclusions make fascinating reading for students and scholars of government and public policy and for civil servants and policymakers across Europe.
Part 1 Regionalization, territoriality and change: Nordic politics viewed in a changing territorial perspective, Magnus Jerneck. Part 2 The west Nordic territories: conflict and harmony in the internationalization of Danish local governments, Kurt Klaudi Klausen; the Europeanization of local interests in Denmark - the strategic choice - to "go though" vs. to "by-pass" national institutions?, Ove K. Pedersen and Dorthe Pedersen; internationalization on the local level in Norway, Jorn Holm-Hansen. Part 3 The east Nordic territories: Swedish municipalities and the European Union, Lars-Inge Strom; regionalization in Sweden, Jorgen Johansson; Finnish regions and municipalities in a Nordic setting - processes of restructuring, internationalization and integration, Marie-Louise von Bergmann-Winberg. Part 4 The Nordic puzzle: east meets west - cross-border cooperation in the Oresund - a successful case of transnational region-building?, Magnus Jerneck; Nordic bifurcation in post-wall Europe, Janerik Gidlund.
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