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Hoten mot länsstyrelsen - En analys av dess agerande i en föränderlig omgivning

Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
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  • Regional Development
  • Law And Political Science
  • Political And Administrative Sciences
  • Statsvetenskap
  • Förvaltningskunskap
  • Instrumentalism
  • Discourses
  • New Institutionalism
  • Länsstyrelsen
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science


The purpose with this master thesis is to analyze how the Swedish County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) acts in an environment that changes fast with more regional actors than ever before. There are also proposals regarding new public authorities and eventually a reduction of the Swedish County Administrative Board. By studying a report issued by the Board in December 2005 the aim is to find their intentions and actions for the future. By using three diverse theoretical concepts - the public organisation, the instrumental perspective and two separate perspectives from new institutionalism - the expectation is that I will have the possibility to analyze the intentions of the organisation in many different ways. In this case study I also want to take into consideration the central discourses in the regional debate, shall we decentralize or shall we keep on having a strong state even in the future? What kind of regional policy does the Swedish County Administrative Board prefer? The result shows that the Swedish County Administrative Board struggles for a strong state even in the future, but it does not propose any huge changes. In many ways it seems like they act as they are supposed to - as an instrument for the government - but despite that it is obvious that the Swedish County Administrative Board tries to show that it has the traditions and knowledge. Therefore it should have a lot of power even in the future. It means that they try to maximize and protect their position in the regions for the future.

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