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Category Archives: Federalization of Sweden in 7 Steps
In the debate on regionalization and federalism there seems to be a wide-spread ignorance of the connection between culture-economy-identity-democracy. Not the least within the Center Party, people unaware of history and fantatically liberal rationalists, seem to be in charge. But culture is not a nice decoration – culture is a foundation for democracy. Continue reading
Since lobbying in practice is the only thing that today’s local, provincial/regional level politicians can do without first asking the state government for permission, it is remarkable that the provinces/regions still haven’t established ’embassies’ in Stockholm. Continue reading
Dick Erixon walks in the same track as Sweden’s political establishment. But Sweden is NOT a nation state. On the contrary – it is a diverse state that consists of a number of culture regions. Collective identities and cultural human rights have to be respected. Regional autonomy is the best model for achieveing this. Continue reading
Unfortunately, Mr Erixon is not alone in his affection for the artificial so-called nation states – his failed analysis is a typical Stockholm-centered one, far to common in the centralized Sweden. But I can assure that Stockholm is becoming less of a center for self-conscious regions every day that goes by: the border regions next to Denmark, Norway and Finland are now re-discovering their own identities in the emerging Regions of Europe. Continue reading
This week the liberal-communitarian magazine Rådslag published yet another issue rich in content. The topic is Europe of Regions, a subject that politicians and debaters in the extremely centralized Sweden have obvious difficulties to grasp.
In his contribution, Anders L. Hansson suggests sevens steps to be taken, shall Sweden be able to walk the path toward federalization. Continue reading