Citizens and codetermination

Almost all Swedish municipalities engage in some form of civil dialogue. Through dialogue with politicians and officials in local government offered citizens the opportunity to have a voice in how their own city, or parts of the resort, will be developed. Reasons for civil dialogue are several. With the help of citizen hope politicians get into social aspects of the residential environment. There are those who live in the area that best understands the needs. Civil dialogue is also an attempt to reduce the distance between elected officials and citizens. Fewer and fewer Swedes engage in politics. Through the years, also the distance between citizens and politicians has increased. When Sweden had more and fewer municipalities was significantly greater chance that the local inhabitants had more contact with their elected representatives. The idea of civil dialogue is also linked to the idea that each municipality needs to be marketed and sold to persons likely to move to the resort, to entrepreneurs who want to have to set up themselves or tourists who want to find new places to visit. By making the citizens active in community planning are therefore gaining the municipality several advantages. Hopefully the citizens more satisfied with their city and thus better ambassadors, moreover, it is the local resident who knows the local strengths and weaknesses and point them to politicians and officials.

This project aims to study how public dialogue works in practice by following one of Sweden's municipalities (Enkoping) work with so-called local spot analyzes. The project also aims understood the historical background of citizen participation in municipal planning. When did politicians actively invite and inform residents about urban planning? How has public dialogue are developed over time? How do citizens and officials citizen dialogues? What role should the citizen in these dialogues? Are the politicians' customers? Do they have a responsibility through their participation?

Participants at Uppsala University (UCBH):

Karin Ågren

Selection of publications:


Handelsbanken Research Foundation

Contact persons:

Karin Ågren, Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Phone: +46 18 471 73 12


Högre seminarier vid UCBH, våren 2018.

Seminarierna äger rum kl 13.15–15.00 på Ekonomikum i rum K 412 om ej annat anges.

19 februari

Åsa Malmström Rognes presenterar sitt arbete kring jämförande banklagstiftning.

12 mars

Marianne Dahlén presenterar sin forskning om Kilklackens betydelse.

4 april

Lars Karlsson och Peter Hedberg presenterar artikel-utkast om krig och handel med titeln "The Impact of War on the International Economy during the First Wave of Globalization".

Måndag 23 april

UCBH seminariet kl 13-15: Lars Fälting presenterar 'Från svensk modell till marknadsstyrning – frivillig reglering av fjärrvärmeprissättning i Sverige 1948-2016'. K412

7 maj

Temadag kring kommande papper inför sommarens konferenser (heldagskonferens). Organiseras av Peter Hedberg.

21 maj

Kristina Lilja, Tom Petersson, och Mats Larsson presenterar kommande bok om ”Risk management in early banking”.