OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2017

Monitoring Progress in Multi-level Governance and Rural Policy

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Sweden has long given priority to promoting both sustainable economic growth in its regions and equity among them. This report looks at the progress Sweden has made in its regional growth policy, multi-level governance system and rural policy. It also takes a more in-depth look at two topics of increasing importance: whether rural Sweden has been “left behind”, and issues of regional and municipal governance. The report suggests steps Sweden can take to address its regional and rural policy challenges. It also assesses to what degree Sweden has implemented the recommendations made in the 2010 OECD Territorial Review of Sweden.



Progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 OECD Territorial Review of Sweden

This chapter is the “monitoring” component of this review. It features the activity surrounding Sweden’s implementation or partial implementation of over 50% of the recommendations made in OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2010 and the ongoing implementation initiatives linked to an additional 30%. It highlights socio-economic and well-being dimensions of regional development in the 2010-15 period; examines the advances Sweden has made in its regional growth policy, including how it addresses continual pressures from changing demographics; and offers insight into the evolution of Sweden’s “hourglass”-shaped multi-level governance structures. The chapter sets the stage for this review’s subsequent chapters, which offer a more in-depth examination of rural development and the multi-level governance architecture.


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