Future perspectives for sparsely populated areas in Sweden

The sparsely populated northern Sweden has been the main target area for regional policy efforts since the 1960s. A rich variety of regional policy measures have been launched over the years. However, despite this and a heavy expansion of welfare undertakings a significant depopulation has taken place. Also the first generation of EU Structural Funds show very weak structural impacts on development of employment and population. Against this background the need is highlighted to reconsider fundamental principles behind policymaking. The paper argues for more active efforts to change attitudes and behaviour among economic actors and households in order to achieve stronger structural impacts. As a critical part of this the elaboration is suggested of new proactive strategies aiming at more sustainable spatial structures of welfare distribution and job opportunities in this type of increasingly vulnerable peripheries.


Editor(s):
Banski, Jerzy
Issue Date:
2004
Publication Type:
Book/ Chapter
DOI and Other Identifiers:
ISBN 83-89666-03-0 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/157833
Published in:
Rural Areas and Development, Volume 02
Page range:
95-107
Total Pages:
13
Series Statement:
Rural areas and development
2




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