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Where have all the women gone?: Gender perspective on the Regional Growth Agreements – a new Swedish regional policy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2003 (English)In: Local responses to global changes: economic and social development in Northern Europe's countryside / [ed] Persson L-O, Sätre Åhlander A-M, Westlund H, Stockholm: Arbetslivsinstitutet , 2003, 191-203 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish government have recently introduced a new element of industrial policy into a bill on regional policy. Swedish regions were invited to design and negotiate Regional Growth Agreements (RGAs) with the Ministry of Industry. In her chapter Ursula Hård describes and analyses the Regional Growth Agreements from a gender perspective. These agreements are regarded by the Swedish Government as the major instruments of what is referred to as "a new regional policy". The empirical data is mainly based on interviews with County Experts in Gender Equality and Regional Resource Centres for Women in Sweden's 21 counties, conducted by Ursula Hård in the spring of the year 2000.

There are two important conclusions. Firstly, that the different regions have not succeeded in integrating a gender equality perspective within the Regional Growth Agreements, despite the declared intentions and expectations of the Swedish Government. Secondly, even though one of the purposes with the notions of "a new regional policy" is to bring in as partners those groups and neworks who previously have had little or no part and influence in regional development and growth issues, the different regions have scarcely succeeded in doing this.

For an extended version of Ursula Hård's chapter in Swedish see; Arbetsliv i omvandling / Work Life in Transition 2005:8

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Stockholm: Arbetslivsinstitutet , 2003. 191-203 p.
, Arbetsliv i omvandling, ISSN 1404-8426 ; 2003:11
Keyword [en]
regional growth, regional politics, Northern Europe, EU, rural, rural devolpment, countryside, social economy, co-operations, regional growth agreements, gender, gender equality, Sweden, County Adminstrative Board, organization, work, network, empowerment, entrepreneurship, Resource Center for Women, Experts on gender equality issues, regional utveckling, arbetsmarknadspolitik, ekonomiska aspekter, social ekonomi, kooperativ, EU, landsbygdsutveckling, entreprenörer, nätverk, norra Europa, jämställdhet, jämställdhetsarbete, kön, genus, tillväxt, avtal, tillväxtavtal, Länsexperter i jämställdhet, ResursCentra för kvinnor
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Economics and Business
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Economic History; Human Geography; Political Science; Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-9077ISBN: 91-7045-690-9OAI: diva2:175596

The whole book contains of fourteen contributions by a total of eighteen scholars from various countries. The contributions have been collated from the proceedings of the conference on "Sustainability in Rural and Regional Development" held in Östersund, Sweden in 2002. The meeting was the 6th annual conference in the Nordic-Scottish Network for Rural and Regional Development. This book is intended for those interested in the international exchange of cross-disciplinary research and practical experience within rural and regional development in Northern Europe.

Available from: 2007-09-24 Created: 2007-09-24 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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