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  • 101.
    Bolin, Niklas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Nyhlén, SaraMid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.Olausson, Pär M.Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lokalt beslutsfattande2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 102.
    Bolin, Niklas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Olausson, Pär M.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Nyhlén, Sara
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lokalt beslutsfattande - avslutande reflektioner2015In: Lokalt beslutsfattande / [ed] Bolin, N., Nyhlén, S. & Olausson, P.M., Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015, p. 169-176Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 103.
    Bostedt, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Bibliotek på entreprenad - medborgarna och biblioteksverksamheten i Åre kommun: en studie av förändrade kommunala verksamhetsformer1995Report (Other academic)
  • 104.
    Bostedt, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    One stop shops and the reorganization of local government in Sweden1994Report (Other academic)
  • 105.
    Bostedt, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Policyanalys som framtidsstudier: exemplet företagshälsovärdens legitimitetsproblem1996Report (Other academic)
  • 106.
    Bostedt, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    The industrial health service in Sweden - specialized to death?1994Report (Other academic)
  • 107.
    Bostedt, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    The Occupational Health in Sweden - The Quest for Customer Orientation, Restructuring and Organisational Control.: 10:th Congress on Occupational Health Services, Amsterdam2002Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 108.
    Bostedt, Göran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Westerholm,
    Reorganized Public Services - the case of Citizens Offices in Sweden.2002Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 109.
    Bostedt, Göran
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Westerholm,
    The occupational health Seevice in Sweden - Efforts in up-dating its competence in line with client demands and changing occupational hazards: Konferens2003Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 110. Brandsen, T.
    et al.
    Pestoff, Victor
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Co-production, the third sector and the delivery of public services - An introduction2006In: Public Management Review, ISSN 1471-9037, E-ISSN 1471-9045, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 493-501Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, public management research has paid increasing attention to the third sector, especially to its role in the provision of public services. Evidence of this is the rising number of publications on the topic, as well as a growing number of sessions and papers on the topic in academic conferences of the EGPA and IRSPM. However, much of the discussion on its role is motivated at least as much by ideology as by fact. We still lack a comprehensive empirical understanding of what happens when the third sector is drawn into public service provision. In this collection on Co-Production: The Third Sector and the Delivery of Public Services, we will try to enhance this understanding by presenting several new studies on the subject. We also introduce the concepts of co-production, co-management and co-governance as a conceptual framework that enables us to better understand such developments.

  • 111.
    Brandum Granqvist, Meeri
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Who has the last laugh?: About the entrepreneurial politician as an unconventional problem solver2008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Politicians as well as entrepreneurs are surrounded by random preconceived notions, some that when you look closely turn out to be incorrect and others that turn out to be rather close to the real picture. In the rather widely debated issue of contempt towards politicians the traditional politician has been described as a person who says one thing but does another. The entrepreneur on the other hand is described by many as curious, creative, independent, devoted, optimistic and visionary.

    This paper will put the entrepreneurial politician in focus and study if and how the political evolution is affected when the politicians act more according to the stereotype of an entrepreneur than that of a politician. It will put the entrepreneurial political into context.

    The empirical material will be constituted by the study of a number of municipal politicians active in two municipalities in Norway (Lierne and Røyrvik) and parts of two municipalities in Sweden (Frostviken and Hotagen). These study objects were chosen due to the fact that there is an ongoing project in the region in question where the four entities together are involved in a cross-national attempt to solve rather traditional peripherality issues. What separates these politicians from other politicians in demographically and economically challenged municipalities is how they have made an attempt to think “outside of the box”. They have used a different rhetoric and an unconventional way of thinking about problem solving. These politicians are visionaries, dreamers and acteurs who have decided to take the measures necessary to stop the downward spiral of development in their home regions.

    In the cases that will be examined it has also been possible to find actors that directly or indirectly have opposed the work in progress or have regarded it with scepticism and/or indifference. But who will have the last laugh? Will it be the entrepreneurial politician who sees his home district rise above its difficulties or will it be the sceptical spectator?

  • 112.
    Brulin, Emma
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Consequences and preparedness of pandemic influenza, a national consern: A study of the effect of the Asian Flu on the Swedish military2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic killed an estimate number of between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. 40 years later a new influenza pandemic, the Asian flu spread throughout the world. The Asian flu hit a large proportion of the world’s population but the case-fatality rate was lower and an estimated number of 2 to 4 million people died in the pandemic. In order for today’s governments to formulate good preparedness plan for future influenza pandemics, studying previous pandemics can give better understanding of how the community might be affected. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the Asian flu pandemic on the Swedish military forces. By seeing if the regiment was affected by the Asian flu one can then assume that the whole society was affected. Data from Swedish regiments has been collected from the Defence Medical Administration Service at the National Archives and processed trough SPSS. The findings show that there where an increase of the amount of sick as well as the number of sick leaves during 1957 compared to previous and later years. Because of the increase in sick leaves one can draw the conclusion that the society has a great risk of being influenced. Hence, a preparedness plan will be even more important. Conclusion: The community is affected by influenza pandemic in both an economical and a societal level. The effects are short in time since infected recover quite quick. However, there are effects which could be better handled if the government is prepared and has conducted a plan for when the next pandemic influenza strikes.

  • 113. Bröms, Peter
    et al.
    Eriksson, Johan
    Svensson, Bo
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Perspektiv på samarbetet i Barentsregionen1994In: Internationella studier, ISSN 0020-952X, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 114. Bröms, Peter
    et al.
    Eriksson, Johan
    Svensson, Bo
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Reconstructing Survival: evolving perspectives on Euro-Arctic politics1994Report (Other scientific)
  • 115.
    Denk, Thomas
    et al.
    Åbo Akademi.
    Lidén, Gustav
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    The Mechanistic Turn: Recent Trends in the Methodological Literature2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 116.
    Ehrhart, Anna
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    von Schoultz, Åsa
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Wallman Lundåsen, Susanne
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Utökat deltagande: En väg mot en mer hållbar demokrati?2017In: Hållbarhetens många ansikten: samtal, forskning och fantasier / [ed] Edit Andrésen, Gustav Lidén, Sara Nyhlén, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2017, p. 89-95Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 117.
    Ehrhart, Anna
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Wallman Lundåsen, Susanne
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    von Schoultz, Åsa
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Mellanvalsdemokrati –ett invånarperspektiv2017Report (Other academic)
  • 118.
    Eriksson, Evelina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Korruption i Latinamerika: En kvantitativ studie av korruptionens orsaker2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the problem of corruption in the Latin American countries. Latin America is a region with a severe problem of corruption but there are also countries in the region that diverge by having a relatively low level of corruption. The aim of this study was to examine which factors can explain the differences in the extent of corruption in the region. On the basis of a number of theories and previous research regarding the causes of corruption, this study examines which effects democratization, the stability of democracy, decentralization, state intervention and social capital have on the level of corruption in the Latin American countries. A quantitative method with simple linear regressions was used to find out if there are any significant linear relationships between these variables and the level of corruption. The results of the study show a significant negative relationship between democratization and the level of corruption in the Latin American countries. Countries with a more developed democracy tend to have lower levels of corruption. The other variables can not significantly explain the variance in the level of corruption in Latin America.

  • 119.
    Eriksson, Jenny
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Avståndet mellan styrande och styrda i EU2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 120.
    Fjæstad, Björn
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Public perceptions of science, biotechnology, and a new university1996Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 121.
    Fjæstad, Björn
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Why journalists report science as they do2007In: Journalism, science and society: Science communication between news and public relations / [ed] M Bauer & M Bucchi, London-New York: Routledge, 2007, p. 123-132Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 122.
    Fjæstad, Björn
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Öhman, Susanna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Olofsson, Anna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    von Bergmann-Winberg, Marie-Louise
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Seger, Nina
    Sweden, the lid is on, but for how long?2001In: Biotechnology 1996-2000: The years of controversy / [ed] G Gaskell & M Bauer, London: Science Museum , 2001, p. 267-281Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 123.
    Friberg, Katarina
    et al.
    Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    Lundstedt, Anna
    Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    Wallman Lundåsen, Susanne
    Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    Wijkström, Filip
    Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    En allmänning i det offentligas tjänst?: En resa i Allmänna arvsfondens spår2018Report (Other academic)
  • 124.
    Gadd, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Autonomi och effektivitet i det svenska högskolesystemet: En studie i självstyre och prestationer i det svenska högskolesystemet 1983-20022004Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
  • 125.
    Gadd, Håkan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Omega-projektet2003In: Sveriges nästa universitet - Mitthögskolans första 10 år, Mittuniversitetet , 2003Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 126.
    Gadd, Håkan
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lundåsen, Susanne
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Konvergens eller divergens? - En komparativ analys av EU:s inverkan på välfärdssystem.2001Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 127.
    Große, Christine
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Systems and Technology.
    Olausson, Pär M.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Swedish Multi-Level Planning System for Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Regional Core2018In: Safety and Reliability: Safe Societies in a Changing World / [ed] Haugen, A. Barros, C. van Gulijk, T. Kongsvik & J.-E. Vinnem, Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group, 2018, p. 1893-1901Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With its growing dependence on electricity, modern society faces the risk of cascading failureof interconnected societal functions. To protect societal functions during an event of power shortage,Sweden has implemented a multi-level planning process called STYREL, which involves national-, regional—and local-level actors. As part of the Swedish crisis management system, the regional body operatesas a co-ordinator that organises co-operation and interaction between private and public actors. Thisstudy examines the role of the regional hub in STYREL and the collaboration and co-operation betweenplanning levels. It focuses on the co-ordinator’s perspective and presents evidence from interviews and asurvey among planners at County Administrative Boards, entrusted with the supervision and executionof STYREL within their regional area of responsibility. This paper indicates that the regional co-ordinatorlacks the awareness, knowledge and resources to fulfil its core function in the national planning for criticalinfrastructure protection.

  • 128.
    Grön, Theresia
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Kommuners satsningar på demokratiåtgärder: - Påverkas deltagandet?2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I västerländska samhällen lyfts demokratiteorier som direkt deltagande, deliberativ och deltagardemokrati lyfts allt oftare fram som en möjlig åtgärd på problemet med medborgarnas minskade politiska deltagande. Syftet med uppsatsen är att ta reda på om kommunernas satsningar på ökad medborgardemokrati leder till ett ökat medborgerligt deltagande i det politiska livet, samt om deltagandet påverkas av hur kommunerna valt att satsa på demokratiåtgär. Uppsatsen är en triangulering av kvalitativ och kvantitativ metod.

    Slutsatserna visar att fördelningen för antalet traditionella gentemot medborgardemokratiska åtgärder är relativt jämn, något högre andel medborgardemokratiska åtgärder. Vidare visade resultatet att vilka eller hur många demokratiåtgärder en kommun satsar på inte leder till ökat valdeltagande. Slutligen visade resultatet att vissa demokratiåtgärder är väl fungerande och genererar ett stort medborgerligt deltagande, medan andra inte lockar särskilt många medborgare att delta alls.

  • 129.
    Hagevi, Magnus
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för statsvetenskap (ST).
    Blombäck, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Hinnfors, Jonas
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Demker, Marie
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Loxbo, Karl
    Linnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för statsvetenskap (ST).
    DIPAC CITIZEN DATA: Technical report 1.02019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The data described in this report were collected for the DIPAC-project: Decreased Ideological Polarisation and Conflict in Western Europe?  This report describes DIPAC Citizen data set. The first part of this report gives information on the project as a whole, including discussions of case selection and core concepts. Following this, there are a technical report the DIPAC citizen data set.

  • 130.
    Hallgren, Linda
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    EU: s kommunikationsstrategi: En kartläggning av kommunikationsflödet mellan EU och Västernorrland2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 131.
    Hansson, Mattias
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. Mid Sweden University.
    Sverige och Nato: En studie om de svenska relationerna till Nato efter det kalla krigets slut2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this essay is to examine the Swedish relations to Nato and by doing so see on what terms the cooperation is executed and why. However, Sweden is not a member of Nato and is thereby not seen as an ally of the organization but even so Sweden has a close cooperation with Nato. The theories used in this essay is The Rational Actor Model and The Organizational Behaviour Model by Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow. To this a number of additional theorises are used as to complement these two main theories. The aim with these theories is to see which one gives the most satisfying explanation of the Swedish strategy to cooperate with Nato and still not be a member of the alliance or if all theorises are needed. A qualitative approach is used with a case study and qualitative text analysis of the Swedish military defence strategy. To form this essay a number of documents are used from the Swedish government and its defence committee where explanations are given to the cooperation with Nato. The documents that are used in this essay span from 1995 to 2009 and the reason to why this time period is used is because Sweden prior to the end of The Cold War had a strict defence strategy that was very neutral. After the end of The Cold War Sweden has opened up more to international cooperation, among others the membership of the EU and the sister organization Partnership for Peace by Nato. Further on, this essay also gives an explanation of the Swedish analysis of the security aspects in the world since this helps give an understanding to why Sweden form its defence strategy the way it does. The result of this essay is that the actions of Sweden are rational in its cooperation with Nato on the basis of the security conditions Sweden face. The military neutrality is one aspect Sweden chooses to preserve, and to do so and still cooperate with Nato Sweden is a member of the Partnership for Peace by Nato. In this organization Sweden chooses in which operations they participate. The defence strategy of Sweden is to preserve peace in the world around oneself and by doing so make sure peace is secured for oneself. To reach this goal international crisis operations are performed through cooperation with Nato in the Partnership for Peace. One explanation to why Sweden does not apply to be members of Nato is because of its organizational structure concerning defence strategy. Sweden only cooperate with Nato through Partnership for Peace because the goal of the Swedish organization is to keep the country military neutral. The reason for this is its standard operational procedures which the organization has when it comes to defence strategy. A Swedish membership in Nato could however also be seen as a rational choice since Sweden most unlikely would stand by and do nothing if another EU-country would be attacked. Many countries in the EU are members of Nato which means that Sweden would also defend that alliance. Thereby it would be seen as Sweden is prepared to contribute defensively if a member is attacked.

  • 132.
    Hassel, Carolina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Reformera FN!: En kritisk granskning av debatten runt FN2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 133. Hedenström, Erik
    et al.
    Ström, Lars-Inge
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Ångström, Jan
    Är USA:s statsvetenskapliga hegemoni en myt: en kartläggning av internationella influenser på svensk statsvetenskap2002In: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, no 2, p. 166-176Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 134. Holmberg, Susan
    Confronting Value Strain: Press Coverage of Health Care Reform in Sweden and the United States1999Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation examines the journalistic discourse surrounding health care reform debates in Sweden and the US in the early 1990's. It found that in both countries, the challenging value (i.e. collectivism in US, individualism in Sweden) was treated less favorably than the dominant value both in the journalistic text and in the choice of actors allowed to speak through the media. Journalists in both countries protected their own dominant value and helped to resist core value change, although they tended to allow actors to express challenging values more loudly than they themselves would do. Study based on qualitative and quantitative content analysis of New York Times, USA Today, Dagens Nyheter and Expressen 1992-1995.

  • 135.
    Holmberg, Susan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Explorations into the Media Discourse on Human Trafficking in Sweden : Paper delivered to 9th Nordic Youth Research Information Symposium (NYRIS), 12-14 January, Stockholm2006Conference paper (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    Acdademic paper exploring Sweden as case study of national coverage of cross-border crime in general and human trafficking in particular

  • 136.
    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Classification and Rating of Democracy: A Comparison2013In: Taiwan Journal of Democracy, ISSN 1815-7238, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 33-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study compares three indexes of democracy, the EIU, Freedom House, and Polity IV, and their classifications and ratings of the level of democracy in 157 countries in 2010. The comparison is based on dichotomous, trichotomous, and continuous measures of democracy. The findings show that the three indexes have discrepancies in all comparisons applied in this study. As a consequence, researchers and others who use democracy indexes should be aware that the indexes reach different conclusions concerning their classifications and ratings of democracy. Scholars also should be aware that the indexes favor and disfavor different countries and regions of the world in their ratings of democracy.

  • 137.
    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Does the Choice of Democracy Measure Matter?: Comparisons between the Two Leading Democracy Indices, Freedom House and Polity IV2013In: Government and Opposition, ISSN 0017-257X, E-ISSN 1477-7053, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 201-221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates whether two different measures of democracy generate the same empirical results. The Freedom House and Polity IV measures are used as the dependent variables. The result shows that statistical significance and explanatory power for different independent variables differ greatly, depending on which democracy index is used as the dependent variable. The results also indicate that Freedom House and Polity IV rate many countries’ levels of democracy differently. It is worrying and problematic for comparative studies of democracy that empirical results differ so much according to which measure of democracy is used.

  • 138.
    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Evaluating Political Systems: Focus on the Political Performance and the Quality of Democracy2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 139.
    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Quality of Democracy: A Comparative Study2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 140.
    Högström, John
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Quality of Democracy Around the Globe: A Comparative Study2013Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study deals with the quality of democracy, and its purpose is to examine which factors affect the varying levels of the quality of democracy in the stable democracies in the world. The research question posited in the study is: what explains the varying levels of the quality of democracy in the democratic countries in the world, and do political institutions matter? Theoretically, the quality of democracy is distinguished from other similar concepts employed in comparative politics, and what the quality of democracy stands for is clarified. The quality of democracy is defined in this study as: the level of legitimacy in a democratic system with respect to democratic norms such as political participation, political competition, political equality, and rule of law. In total, four dimensions of the quality of democracy are included that are considered to be very important dimensions of the quality of democracy. These dimensions are political participation, political competition, political equality, and the rule of law. To explain the variation in the quality of democracy, an explanatory model has been developed. The explanatory model consists of five different groups of independent variables: political institutional variables, socioeconomic variables, cultural variables, historical variables, and physical variables. Methodologically, a large-n, outcome-centric research design is employed and statistical analysis is used to examine what effect the five groups of independent variables have on the four dimensions of the quality of democracy. Empirically, the results show that cultural variables and political institutional variables outperform socioeconomic, historical, and physical variables in relation to their effect on the quality of democracy. Consequently, cultural and political institutional variables are the two most important groups of variables when explaining the variation in the quality of democracy in the democratic countries in the world. In relation to the other groups of variables, historical variables are slightly more important than socioeconomic variables when explaining the variation in the quality of democracy. The physical variables constitute the group of variables that has the least importance out of the five groups of variables when explaining the variation in the quality of democracy. In summary, the findings from the study show that the best way of increasing the level of the quality of democracy may be to choose political institutions such as parliamentarism as the executive power system and a proportional system as the electoral system. To put this clearly, to increase the possibility of democratic countries achieving a high level of the quality of democracy they should avoid majority electoral systems and presidential or semipresidential executive systems.

  • 141.
    Hörnsten, Lisa
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Skogens alternativa nyttjandeformer2002In: Statlig skog och skyddad mark: D. 2 Organisationsförslag, Stockholm: Fritzes, 2002, p. 169-202Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 142.
    Karlsson, Thomas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Känslan av kontroll: En kvalitativ studie om tjänstemäns uppfattning och förståelse av lagar,riktlinjer och intern kontroll inom området korruption vid Sundsvall kommun2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 143. Karvonen, Lauri
    et al.
    Anckar, Carsten
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Party Systems and Democratization: A Comparative Study of the Third World2002In: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 11-29Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 144.
    Kosiara-Pedersen, Karina
    et al.
    University of Copenhagen.
    Bolin, Niklas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Kristinsson, Gunnar Helgi
    University of Iceland.
    Partidemokratiet i forfald?2020Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 145.
    Lahti, Jan
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Från marginalparti till vågmästare: En studie över Sverigedemokraternas väg till riksdagen2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Since the inceptions of the democratic election system in Sweden the Sweden Democrats is the only party which has shown a continuously increasing numbers of voters. The aim of this essay is to try to identify the causes of the success of the Sweden Democrats. 

    In doing so, the thesis will apply historical-institutionalism, refrigeration theory and diffusion theory to this historical event. It will also analyze both endogenous and exogenous factors outlined by Professor Jens Rydgren with reference to the party's precedent history.

    The result shows that the Sweden Democrats since its foundation in 1988 has had a clear and planned strategy which has been constantly adjusted to the size of the party.

  • 146.
    Larsson, Anders
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Governance i glesbygd: Bergs kommun – en fallstudie Hur agerar en kommun i kris och hur kan agerandet förklaras?2004Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Many Swedish municipalities are in crises. How does a municipality act in crises and how can this action be explained? That is the question this case study deals with in the sparsely populated municipality Berg in the county of Jämtland. The case study findings consist of about 40 interviews and other evidence. The findings were analysed in an iterative explanation building process. Seven different theoretic perspectives were used in the process. Leading theories in the field of policy analyses largely failed to explain the situation and acting. Through a new theoretic governance perspective the analyses went further to the field of democratic theory, which was more fruitful. The main problem emerged under the surface of the empiric findings. It consisted of two completely different views of what a municipality really is � a unit in public production of services or a way for people to locally and together try to realize what they regard as common good. The explanation was found in a conflict between real structural forces and actual conditions which results in a conflict oriented discourse and a non-action situation. The future holds two possible courses: A new period of creating fewer and larger municipalities´or a new road toward local participatory democracy.

  • 147.
    Larsson, Anders
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lidén, Gustav
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Är en region alltid regional?2013In: Regioner, regionalism och entreprenörskap: Festskrift till Marie-Louise von Bergmann-Winberg / [ed] Olausson, Pär och Nyhlén, jon, Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet , 2013, p. 29-47Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 148.
    Larsson Falasca, Kajsa
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Political representation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This is a Minor Field Study (MFS) which is a scholarship financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). It was conducted in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa in 2007/2008. The purpose of this study is to understand the role of the political representative in the system of political representation and it will test the different theories of political representation based on interests or identity. This study is concerned with the function of the political representatives as they are the link between the system of representation and the electorate. Since the election system is designed for political representation based on interest and the voting in South Africa suggests voting based on identity/race the representatives must balance these different signals.

  • 149.
    Larsson, Sebastian
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Turism - faktorer för kommunal framgångIndependent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 150.
    Lauri, Marcus
    Umeå universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
    Vad är problemet med Husby?2016In: Bortom kravallerna: konflikt, tillhörighet och representation i Husby / [ed] Paulina de los Reyes och Magnus Hörnqvist, Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag , 2016, p. 103-133Chapter in book (Other academic)
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