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Alcohol Policy and Local Democracy in Sweden

Författare och institution:
David Karlsson (Förvaltningshögskolan)
Publicerad i:
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , 29 ( 3 ) s. 233-251
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
AIMS – Europeanisation has led to an elevated role for Swedish local government in the field of alcohol policy as the national government has been deprived of many of its previous policy instruments. Municipalities are now responsible for handling the social effects of political liberalisation on the national and European level. But are the municipalities and the local democracy ready to take this responsibility? This article aims at investigating whether the fundamental prerequisites for functioning democratic processes in the field of alcohol policy are in place in Swedish local government. Is the field politicisised and are the ideological dimensions of the field mirrored by political parties, providing the local citizens with political alternatives on Election Day? METHODS – The data material is a survey to 1,388 local councillors in 49 municipalities. RESULTS – Issues concerning alcohol policy are indeed politicised in Swedish local politics and an ideological dimensionality in the attitudes of local councillors is identified. This dimensionality is partly mirrored by the party affiliation of the councillors, and social characteristics of the councillors are important for explaining their ideological views on alcohol.CONCLUSION – The fundamental prerequisites are in place for the local representative democracy of Sweden to handle the field of alcohol policy.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Statsvetenskap ->
Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)
Statsvetenskap ->
Studier av offentlig förvaltning
Alcohol policy, local government, democracy, ideologies, politicians, political parties, Europeanisation, Sweden
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2012-04-27 10:50
Posten ändrad:
2012-07-09 09:25

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