Negotiating new governmental arrangements for governing the local, everyday world

The economic crisis, demographic changes and the decline of the welfare state have all influenced the rise of self-governing communities. As citizens demand and are given more control over the management of their local environment, new governmental arrangements emerge: new and sometimes innovative ways for defining problems, taking decisions and implementing solutions. Citizens try to influence existing governance processes and increasingly develop ‘their own’ modes of governance (strategies, tools, spatial plans, etc.) to govern their local environment and everyday life.

Project description

I my research I explore the discursive strategies used by citizens, governments and institutions in redefining their roles, tasks and responsibilities in the development and management of rural areas and villages.


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