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Regional Autonomy by Political Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Study of the Nordic Island Regions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3345-1831
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to show the importance (or not) of individuals or groups of individuals, in this case political entrepreneurs when explaining the difference in autonomy. A second aim is to analyse which different types of political entrepreneurs are needed in order to achieve the goal, in this case regional autonomy in an island context. In order to identify and analyze which role the public or political entrepreneurs have played in the process leading to autonomy we will focus on three autonomous islands that in many aspects are similar to each other to find out if they differ in regard to political entrepreneurship. For this purpose we will focus on the three Nordic autonomous regions; the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. In the literature on these three islands, there are some politicians that are often regarded as more important than others in the struggle for autonomy. In the Faroe Islands there is Jóannes Patursson, one of the founders of the Self-government Party Sjálvstýrisflokkurin, in Greenland there is Jonthan Motzfeldt, one of the founders of the Greenlandic party Forward, Siumut. Finally, in the Åland Islands there is Julius Sundblom who was one of the founders of the Åland Movement, Ålandsrörelsen. This paper will discuss whether or not these three can be regarded as political entrepreneurs struggling for the best of their island. However, we will also see if there are any other key-figures that have played important roles for the autonomy of these islands and could be regarded as political entrepreneurs. One problem that needs to be addressed is that the autonomy process took place in historical times, the Åland Islands in 1921, the Faeroe Islands in 1947, and Greenland in 1979. We are therefore very much left out to secondary sources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keywords [en]
Autonomy, Political entrepreneurship, Islands
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-17578DiVA, id: diva2:573941
Conference
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25th-27th Aug. 2011
Available from: 2012-12-04 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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