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Persson, B., Niklasson, L. & Johansson, J. (2017). Kommunernas betydelse för regional utveckling i en storregion: drivkrafter och hinder i ett underifrånperspektiv. In: Ulf Tynelius, Torbjörn Danell (Ed.), Regionala tillväxtpolitiska utmaningar – behov av strukturreformer och nya samverkanslösningar?: (pp. 38-47). Stockholm: Tillväxtanalys
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kommunernas betydelse för regional utveckling i en storregion: drivkrafter och hinder i ett underifrånperspektiv
2017 (Swedish)In: Regionala tillväxtpolitiska utmaningar – behov av strukturreformer och nya samverkanslösningar? / [ed] Ulf Tynelius, Torbjörn Danell, Stockholm: Tillväxtanalys , 2017, p. 38-47Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Tillväxtanalys, 2017
Series
Tillväxtanalys PM ; 2
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-137280 (URN)
Available from: 2017-05-10 Created: 2017-05-10 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved
Niklasson, L. (2016). Challenges and reforms of local and regional governments in Sweden. In: Jon Pierre (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics: (pp. 399-413). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges and reforms of local and regional governments in Sweden
2016 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics / [ed] Jon Pierre, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 399-413Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016
Series
Oxford Handbooks
Keywords
Challenges, reforms, national politics, local government, regional government, Kommuner, Landsting, Utmaningar, Reformer, Decentralisering, Samarbete, Offentlig förvaltning, Kommunal förvaltning
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124675 (URN)978019965679 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-03-03Bibliographically approved
Niklasson, L. & Barr, J. (2015). Employment and Skills Strategies in Sweden. OECD
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Employment and Skills Strategies in Sweden
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report delivers evidence-based and practical recommendations on how to better support employment and economic development in Sweden. It builds on sub-national data analysis and consultations with local stakeholders in Galve and Stockholm. It provides a comparative framework to understand the role of the local level in contributing to more and better quality jobs. The report can help national and local policy makers in Sweden build more effective and sustainable partnerships at the local level, which join-up efforts and achieve stronger outcomes across employment, training, and economic development policies. Co-ordinated policies can help workers find suitable jobs, while also stimulating entrepreneurship and productivity, which increases the quality of life and prosperity within a community as well as throughout the country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
OECD, 2015. p. 79
Series
OECD Reviews on Local Job Creation, ISSN 2311-2328, E-ISSN 2311-2336
Keywords
Joined-up government, coordination, employment policy, Samverkan, arbetsmarknadspolitik, ekonomisk utvecklingspolitik
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124677 (URN)10.1787/9789264228641-en (DOI)978-92-6422-863-4 (ISBN)978-92-6422-864-1 (ISBN)978-92-6423-975-3 (ISBN)
Note

The authors would like to thank Francesca Froy, Senior Policy Analyst, who provided valuable comments on the report. Thanks also go to Michela Meghnagi, and Nikolett Kis for their work on the data analysis, as well as Elisa Campestrin, François Iglesias, Malika Taberkane and other colleagues in the OECD LEED Programme for their assistance with this report.

The authors would also like to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Prof. Dr Gerhard Bosch (University of Duisburg-Essen) for his participation on the project study visit and on-going contributions to this report.

Finally, special thanks are given to the national and local representatives who participated in the project interviews and roundtables, and provided documentation and comments critical to the production of the report.

Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2018-01-30
Persson, B., Niklasson, L. & Johansson, J. (2015). The Role of Municipalities in the Bottom-Up Formation of a Meta-Region in Sweden. Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 19(4), 71-88
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Role of Municipalities in the Bottom-Up Formation of a Meta-Region in Sweden
2015 (English)In: Offentlig Förvaltning. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 2000-8058, E-ISSN 2001-3310, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 71-88Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The sub-national level in the Nordic countries is currently undergoing a process of major

transformation. A central issue concerns the role of municipalities in regionalization

processes. The purpose of the article is to analyse the positions and strategies of municipalities

regarding interlocal cooperation and regional governance, in relation to a failed

attempt to create a new large region in southern Sweden during 2013-2014. This attempt

was based on a reform strategy, initiated by the government, which gave the main role in

the creation of larger regions to municipalities and regional actors in a bottom-up process.

How can we understand the roles of municipalities, and what are the drivers and barriers

in a bottom-up strategy of regional formation? Our study shows that the views expressed

by municipal representatives in Sweden regarding regional governance are anchored in

the strong institutional position of municipalities in that country. Our conclusion is that a

bottom-up strategy has several shortcomings as a method for making institutional reforms

in a system of regional governance. There are obvious drivers in such a process, but there

are also difficulties in achieving cooperation that result from high transaction costs

(which lead to a collective-action dilemma), from an uncertain national policy, and from

problems of legitimacy.

National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124062 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Niklasson, L. (2014). Competing narratives on the European Social Model: the birth of a rhetorical alliance?. L’Europe en formation. Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism, 2(372), 67-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Competing narratives on the European Social Model: the birth of a rhetorical alliance?
2014 (English)In: L’Europe en formation. Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism, ISSN 0014-2808, Vol. 2, no 372, p. 67-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of a European Social Model is highly complex and controversial. Many attempts have been made to construct a winning coalition which could convince the member states of the EU to settle for a common social model implemented at the European level. There is now a new rhetorical figure being constructed in terms of a “social investment welfare state”. Authors like Bruno Palier (France) and Joakim Palme (Sweden) argue that welfare should be seen as investments in a healthy population, i.e. to increase competitiveness. This concept may in fact be an attempt to align social democrats with conservatives of a mercantilists leaning, i.e. those who believe in a strong role for the state to develop the resources of the nation. The rhetorical coalition is seen more clearly if it is contrasted to another possible coalition, a coalition of social democrats and liberals, around the idea of providing support for individuals rather than firms.

Abstract [fr]

Le concept d’un modèle social européen est extrêmement complexe et controversé. De nombreuses tentatives ont été faites pour construire une coalition à même de convaincre les États membres de l’UE d’établir un modèle social commun à mettre en place au niveau européen. Il existe désormais une nouvelle figure rhétorique construite en termes d’« État-providence d’investissement social ». Des auteurs comme Bruno Palier (France) et Joakim Palme (Suède) font valoir que la protection sociale doit être considérée comme un investissement dans une population saine, de manière à augmenter la compétitivité. Ce concept peut être en fait une tentative pour aligner les sociaux-démocrates avec les conservateurs sur une position mercantiliste, c’est-à-dire qui croit en un rôle fort de l’État pour développer les ressources de la nation. La coalition rhétorique est perçue plus clairement si elle est opposée à une autre coalition possible, une coalition des sociaux-démocrates et des libéraux, autour de l’idée de fournir un soutien aux personnes plutôt qu’aux entreprises.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nice: Centre international de formation européenne, 2014
Keywords
Narratives, Rhetorical alliance, Social investment welfare state, European Social Model
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124678 (URN)10.3917/eufor.372.0067 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2018-01-10
Niklasson, L. (2014). From Rivalry to Cooperation in Östergötland. In: Fredrik Rakar & Pontus Tallberg (Ed.), Developing Regions for Regional Development: Towards a new Swedish model (pp. 71-88). Stockholm: Reglab
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Rivalry to Cooperation in Östergötland
2014 (English)In: Developing Regions for Regional Development: Towards a new Swedish model / [ed] Fredrik Rakar & Pontus Tallberg, Stockholm: Reglab , 2014, p. 71-88Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Östergötland is a county in Sweden known for its intense and innovative actions for growth. Private companies, municipalities and public authorities have worked together in several areas of importance to growth, especially since the Regional Council of Östsam became responsible for the regional development. This chapter highlights an underlying, important factor when it comes to public initiatives for growth: paving the way for good cooperation and relations between the partners involved. As many other counties, Östergötland has gone from serious conflicts to well-functioning cooperation. The way that such a change of perspective is made, and how experiences can be used in other counties and situations, is essential to regional growth politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Reglab, 2014
Keywords
Regional development, cooperation, Östergötland
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124683 (URN)978-91-9821-220-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-02-17Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Niklasson, L., Persson, B. & Sjöstrand, N. (2014). "Kommunernas region": Kommunernas inflytande i en sydsvensk storregion. In: Erik J. Rudvall (Ed.), Behöver vi en sydsvensk region?: Tio röster om möjligheter och fallgropar för medborgare, vård, näringsliv, politik och utveckling (pp. 91-112). Kristianstad: Region Skåne
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Kommunernas region": Kommunernas inflytande i en sydsvensk storregion
2014 (Swedish)In: Behöver vi en sydsvensk region?: Tio röster om möjligheter och fallgropar för medborgare, vård, näringsliv, politik och utveckling / [ed] Erik J. Rudvall, Kristianstad: Region Skåne , 2014, p. 91-112Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Vilka möjligheter till verksamhetsutveckling ser kommunerna i de fyra berörda länen (Blekinge, Kalmar, Kronoberg och Skåne)? Vilka vinster kan kommunerna göra om länen slås samman och kommunerna får ett inflytande över den nya regionorganisationen? Vilka samverkansmöjlig-heter finns mellan kommunerna och mellan kommun och region? Vilken organisationsform krävs för att samverkan ska utvecklas på ett positivt sätt?

Vi vill med andra ord analysera hur kommunerna förhåller sig till en uppväxlad regional nivå, i synnerhet inom tillväxtpolitikens område. Vi är intresserade både av frågor som rör organiseringen av regionnivån, och kommunernas roll i denna, och av hur kommunerna tror att en storregionreform kommer att påverka kommunernas handlingsutrymme och samverkan med varandra.

När Region Skåne bildades var det en viktig utgångspunkt att kommunerna fick ett inflytande i den nya organisation (landstinget) som övertog det regionala utvecklingsansvaret. I många län sker nu ett samgående mellan landsting och regionförbund med utvecklingsansvar, vilket väcker frågan om vilken roll kommunerna bör få i förhållande till den nya regionorganisationen, ibland kallad regionkommun. Frågan gäller den nya Region Kronoberg men kan ställas om alla fyra berörda län vid en eventuell sammanslagning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristianstad: Region Skåne, 2014
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124684 (URN)978-91-637-6487-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-02-17
Niklasson, L. (2013). Den motsägelsefulla unionen: EU:s skiftande politik för företagande och konkurrenskraft. In: Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Lars Oxelheim & Thomas Persson (Ed.), Ett konkurrenskraftigt EU till rätt pris: Europaperspektiv 2013. Paper presented at Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, 26-28 september 2012, Växjö (pp. 265-293). Paper presented at Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, 26-28 september 2012, Växjö. Stockholm: Santérus Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den motsägelsefulla unionen: EU:s skiftande politik för företagande och konkurrenskraft
2013 (Swedish)In: Ett konkurrenskraftigt EU till rätt pris: Europaperspektiv 2013 / [ed] Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Lars Oxelheim & Thomas Persson, Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2013, p. 265-293Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Santérus Förlag, 2013
Series
Årsbok för Europaforskning inom ekonomi, juridik och statskunskap, ISSN 1403-3879
Keywords
Europeiska unionen, merkantilism, konkurrenskraft, europeisk välfärdspolitik
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86238 (URN)978-91-7359-062-4 (ISBN)
Conference
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, 26-28 september 2012, Växjö
Available from: 2012-12-11 Created: 2012-12-11 Last updated: 2018-01-12
Niklasson, L. (2012). Contradictions in the European market-building state. In: Sören Dosenrode (Ed.), The European Union after Lisbon: polity, politics, policy (pp. 143-156). Farnham: Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contradictions in the European market-building state
2012 (English)In: The European Union after Lisbon: polity, politics, policy / [ed] Sören Dosenrode, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012, p. 143-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2012
Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
Keywords
EU2020, market-creating, mercantilism, neoliberalism
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124680 (URN)978-1-4094-3821-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-03-03
Niklasson, L. (2012). Convergence and contradiction in innovation policy: More than the regulatory state in the US, Europe and Germany. Paper presented at GRIP & SPEA conference "Converging and conflicting trends in the public administration of the US, Europe and Germany", 19-20 July 2012, Speyer, Germany.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Convergence and contradiction in innovation policy: More than the regulatory state in the US, Europe and Germany
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
American developmental state, market-building, ideas
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86234 (URN)
Conference
GRIP & SPEA conference "Converging and conflicting trends in the public administration of the US, Europe and Germany", 19-20 July 2012, Speyer, Germany
Available from: 2012-12-11 Created: 2012-12-11 Last updated: 2018-01-12
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