Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Leaving Rurality Behind. Re-orientation of spatial policies in Sweden.
Abstract: The paper will address the changing status of rural
regions in policy formation in Sweden. Two basic processes are at work.
First, decades of out-migration have given many rural regions a demographic
structure, which is causing a self-propelling de-population. Secondly, the
internationalisation of the economy and of politics has drawn the attention
from the idea of nationwide welfare towards efforts to increase economic
growth on a national basis. Regional policy is gradually shifting focus
towards concepts and measures that are aiming at supporting dynamic growth
regions. The new economic geography forms the basis for an "urbanised"
regional policy: economies of scale, regional specialisation and the
enlargement of labour market regions are key concepts in the spatial
policies. Hence, the problems of marginalisation and decline in the
periphery as well as the specific opportunities of vital rural areas are
vanishing in politics and planning as the "rural development system" and
the "rural dimension" is being phased-out from the conception of space.
Keywords: rural regions; regional policy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: R00; (follow links to similar papers)
11 pages, November 2003
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