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Swedish Government Solution on Housing Shortage- Collaborative planning or 
Political Decision?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Continued growth of urban population across the globe has led to an urbanization phenomenon. This phenomenon has caused numerous challenges including a housing shortage problem. Sweden, like other countries, is facing with this problem most noticeably in metropolitan areas such as Stockholm and Gothenburg. Due to this situation the Swedish government has recently proposed a solution to rectify this problem. Nine potential areas have been announced as considered areas for sustainable developments in six different municipalities across the country. This study investigates how the housing shortage problem has been considered within different Swedish municipality’s comprehensive plans and examines the decision-making process of the proposal development plans from the nine potential areas by the government.

In order to achieve in-depth answers for the underlying questions in this work, the area of Hemfosa in the Haninge municipality has been considered as the case study. Different data gathering methodology including survey, content analysis of municipal documents, and semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders associated at Haninge Municipality and Hemfosa development proposal. 

The results of this study demonstrate the interest of Haninge municipality has to construct more houses than needed so to overcome the share of this municipality in housing shortage. And surprisingly in government proposal, the construction of 12000 houses is considered in the least potential area according to the existing comprehensive plan. Noticeably, the approach used in the decision-making process of this proposal has more of a top-down angle, where the practice of collaborative planning is only limited to the ‘informing’ stage with the local citizens on the so-called ladder of citizen participation. Besides these findings this study does not neglect the fact that from a national view to the problem of housing shortage the proposal of this development plan (Hemfosa) might be a reasonable strategy. However, from the local point of view –the case of Haninge municipality– one may consider the population growth rate and other factors that the development plan in Hemfosa is missing a foreseeable local need. This is troublesome because within the existing comprehensive plan there are already other development plans at more practically reasonable areas in Haninge municipality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
housing shortage, decision-making- top-down approach, collaborative planning, ladder of citizen participation, municipal comprehensive plan
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156891DiVA, id: diva2:1212352
Available from: 2018-07-12 Created: 2018-06-01 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved

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