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Svensson, S. & Nilson, T. (2023). European Memory Politics in Scandinavia – the Case of a Swedish-Danish Border Region. Journal of European Integration History, 29(1), 111-133
Open this publication in new window or tab >>European Memory Politics in Scandinavia – the Case of a Swedish-Danish Border Region
2023 (English)In: Journal of European Integration History, ISSN 0947-9511, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 111-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article analyzes how history is used in the Danish-Swedish crossborder Öresund area. The case study allows for an exploration of memory politics with relation to multiple regional processes (EU, Nordic, Scandinavian), as well as from multiple perspectives (national, subnational and transnational). The article argues that the Nordic arena is in the focus of communicative and cultural memories through storytelling, with emphasis on solidarity and successful institution-building. Yet, conflicting national memories persist as obstacles and current diverting political standpoints at national level (e.g., migration, the Covid pandemic) are likely to affect how history is portrayed regionally. European history, on the other hand, plays a subservient role. For instance, references to the European continent’s totalitarian past are not explicitly used for memory politics, and recollection of the world wars are used in asymmetric modes and with focus on the specific Nordic experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2023
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities; Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51383 (URN)10.5771/0947-9511-2023-1-111 (DOI)2-s2.0-85169906891 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-08-14 Created: 2023-08-14 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. (2023). Stäng gränserna, öppna gränserna! Gränsregionala samarbetsorganisationers reaktioner på gränskontroller och gräns­stängningar i Europa. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 125(4), 1093-1118
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stäng gränserna, öppna gränserna! Gränsregionala samarbetsorganisationers reaktioner på gränskontroller och gräns­stängningar i Europa
2023 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 4, p. 1093-1118Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article investigates how local cross-border cooperation organizations reacted to re-bordering policies since 2015, with focus on the re-bordering related to the migration of 2015 and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The article compares the reaction of cross-border cooperation organizations at three European borders, using a typology of resistance, support and acceptance. The findings dem-onstrate how local actors were constrained by complex geopolitical and national interest narratives, and that local responses could take a variety of formats. The article suggests that further research should focus on understanding political-administrative relations within multi-level systems to explain this variety.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen, 2023
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51729 (URN)
Available from: 2023-10-01 Created: 2023-10-01 Last updated: 2023-11-17Bibliographically approved
Molnár, A. & Svensson, S. (2022). Collaboration and Policy Making in Adaptation Planning: The Impact of a Boundary Organization in Hungary. The International Journal of Climate Change, 14(2), 49-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaboration and Policy Making in Adaptation Planning: The Impact of a Boundary Organization in Hungary
2022 (English)In: The International Journal of Climate Change, ISSN 1835-7156, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 49-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To assess the possible impacts of climate change and plan the necessary adaptation measures, countries need to analyze complex and multilayered information. Data often belongs to different disciplines and institutions and is hard to interpret for policy making in its raw form. Boundary organizations have a pivotal role in facilitating discussion between academic and political actors and producing tools to assist in decision-making processes. Hungary, an Eastern European country, faces climate change effects ranging from changes in precipitation patterns to increasing frequency of weather extremities. This article examines the establishment of a boundary organization, the National Adaptation Centre, and its decision support tool, which aims to assist the territorial planning of the country. Through this, we identify the extent to which the National Adaptation Geo-Information System (NAGiS) tool has had an impact on collaboration pattern designs and policy making. The study finds that NAGiS supports policy development at different levels of governance. At the same time, the introduction of this information and communication technology tool was not sufficient to create a breakthrough or counteract other factors such as the low salience of the issue at the national level. Furthermore, the introduction of NAGiS did not change formal structures or procedures. However, it did have an impact on attitudes toward data sharing, which in turn shaped collaborative practices. The organizations involved generally evaluated the effects of the tool on their collaboration as positive and lasting beyond the development phase of the project. Changed attitudes may prove important for enhanced internal collaborative governance down the line. András Molnár, Sara Svensson, Published by Common Ground Research Networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks, 2022
Keywords
Collaborative Governance, Climate Change Adaptation, ICT Tools, Policy Design, Boundary Organizations
National Category
Social and Economic Geography Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46357 (URN)10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v14i02/49-63 (DOI)2-s2.0-85126646563 (Scopus ID)
Projects
TROPICO - Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 726840
Available from: 2022-02-17 Created: 2022-02-17 Last updated: 2022-04-06Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. & Keller, J. (2022). Editorial: Challenges to Local Democracy: Democratization Efforts and Democratic Backsliding at the Sub-national Level. Frontiers in Political Science, 4, Article ID 857310.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Editorial: Challenges to Local Democracy: Democratization Efforts and Democratic Backsliding at the Sub-national Level
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Political Science, E-ISSN 2673-3145, Vol. 4, article id 857310Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lausanne: Frontiers Media S.A., 2022
Keywords
democratic backsliding, hollowing out, sub-national democracy, multi-level governance, new regionalism
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46483 (URN)10.3389/fpos.2022.857310 (DOI)000995400100001 ()2-s2.0-85127456882 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-03-17 Created: 2022-03-17 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S., Molnar, A. & Batory, A. (2022). (e-)Participation and propaganda: The mix of old and new technology in Hungarian national consultations. In: Tiina Randma-Liiv; Veiko Lember (Ed.), Engaging Citizens in Policy Making: e-Participation Practices in Europe (pp. 56-70). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>(e-)Participation and propaganda: The mix of old and new technology in Hungarian national consultations
2022 (English)In: Engaging Citizens in Policy Making: e-Participation Practices in Europe / [ed] Tiina Randma-Liiv; Veiko Lember, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, p. 56-70Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter provides a case study of the use of online platforms for national consultations that target all citizens in Hungary. The Hungarian government, since 2010 led by the national-conservative populist party Fidesz, has carried out what is the most extensive series of consultations in contemporary Europe if measured by the share of citizens involved. The consultations are dominantly conducted by questionnaires that are printed and mailed by the postal service to all citizens, but recent consultations have also offered an online platform. Drawing on previous research on what happens when populist actors employ and institutionalize participatory methods, the chapter extends the inquiry to include the use of an electronic platform. Findings of this work shows that the online component has so far not led to new dynamics, and to the limited extent that it had any effect, it has largely been negative in terms of procedural guarantees. Due to the weakness of technology to prevent abuse, the online version of the consultation eroded rather than enhanced the credibility of the consultation process. The case study serves as a cautionary tale to those believing that e-participation practices ‘by default’ lead to superior normative and/or policy outcomes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022
Keywords
e-participation, propaganda, participatory governance, national consultations
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Smart Cities and Communities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46482 (URN)10.4337/9781800374362.00011 (DOI)2-s2.0-85130205230 (Scopus ID)9781800374355 (ISBN)9781800374362 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-03-17 Created: 2022-03-17 Last updated: 2023-01-05Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. (2022). How is Europe and European integration remembered?: A reflection on the Oresund/Greater Copenhagen cross-border region. In: : . Paper presented at Castle Talks on European Memory Politics, European Memory Politics, European Memory versus Populism and Euroscepticism in Western Europe, Strasbourg, France, March 24-25, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How is Europe and European integration remembered?: A reflection on the Oresund/Greater Copenhagen cross-border region
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper analyzes how history is used in the Danish-Swedish cross-border Oresund area, located around the metropolitan area of the Danish capital Copenhagen and across the strait of Oresund to the Swedish regions Scania and Halland. The case study allows for an exploration of the use of history with relation to multiple regional processes (EU, Nordic, Scandinavian), as well as from multiple perspectives (national, sub-national and trans-national). The article argues that regional and local discourses focus memory politics on Nordic cooperation in general, with some emphasis on post-War history of Nordic institutional cooperation, but that current diverting political standpoints at national level (migration, crime, the Covid pandemic) may affect how history is portrayed regionally. It further argues that the references to the European continent’s totalitarian past, fascism and colonialism is not explicitly used for memory politics despite an increasing body of critical scholarly research concerning Sweden’s relationship to Nazi-Germany. On the other hand, recollection of the World Wars and the Holocaust are used in asymmetric modes. © 2022, The Author.

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-49034 (URN)
Conference
Castle Talks on European Memory Politics, European Memory Politics, European Memory versus Populism and Euroscepticism in Western Europe, Strasbourg, France, March 24-25, 2022
Available from: 2022-12-22 Created: 2022-12-22 Last updated: 2023-07-07Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. & Balogh, P. (2022). Resilience at Hungary's borders: between everyday adaptations and political resistance (1ed.). In: Dorte Jagetic Andersen; Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola (Ed.), Borderlands Resilience: Transitions, Adaptation and Resistance at Borders (pp. 73-89). Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resilience at Hungary's borders: between everyday adaptations and political resistance
2022 (English)In: Borderlands Resilience: Transitions, Adaptation and Resistance at Borders / [ed] Dorte Jagetic Andersen; Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, Abingdon: Routledge, 2022, 1, p. 73-89Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter investigates how a transborder food community, cross-border commuting patterns, and solidarity activities taking place at Hungarian border sites can demonstrate different types of resilience as a process and over time. The cases highlight that resilience may be manifest as reactions to both multiple slow disruptions and sudden single disruptions. The study is therefore an answer to calls for contextualized approaches that also consider the crisscrossing of various scales and bounded entities, in contrast to more rigid, ‘placeless’ benchmarking measurements. The overall inquiry highlights how applying a process-based approach to resilience, also accounting for values and political resistance, help uncover developments in borderlands that may otherwise remain unearthed. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2022 Edition: 1
Keywords
cross-border cooperation, borderlands, resilience
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46359 (URN)10.4324/9781003131328-7 (DOI)9780367674274 (ISBN)9780367674281 (ISBN)9781003131328 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-02-17 Created: 2022-02-17 Last updated: 2022-02-18Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. (2022). Resistance or Acceptance? The Voice of Local Cross-Border Organizations in Times of Re-Bordering. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 37(3), 493-512
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resistance or Acceptance? The Voice of Local Cross-Border Organizations in Times of Re-Bordering
2022 (English)In: Journal of Borderlands Studies, ISSN 0886-5655, E-ISSN 2159-1229, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 493-512Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

National borders in Europe are increasingly subject to re-bordering processes, including the external and internal borders of the European Union. This article asks if and how local cross-border organizations (Euroregions) have reacted to to the recent hardening of these borders. The Austrian-German border is one where border controls have been re-introduced in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis, and which also has significant local cross- border institutional activity. Based on an analysis of 350 written items, published by six Euroregions during the five-year period 2015–2019, the article finds that the Euroregions have generally not voiced resistance to this development and have not been active in relation to the policy field of refugee or migrant inclusion. When they reacted, the resistance has mainly been embedded in an argumentation linked to instrumental concerns, such as the traffic situation, even though the research also demonstrated the existence of normative arguments related to human rights discourses and rights of migrants. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2022
Keywords
Border control, cross-border cooperation, refugee crisis, Euroregions, multi-level governance
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-42928 (URN)10.1080/08865655.2020.1787190 (DOI)000547963800001 ()2-s2.0-85087758600 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding Agency: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy 

Available from: 2020-09-04 Created: 2020-09-04 Last updated: 2022-08-25Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. (2022). The effects of democratic backsliding on cross-border regional policy-making in Central Europe: the case of Hungary’s border regions. In: : . Paper presented at IPPA 2022, T01W11, Regime transitions and public polices, Budapest, Hungary, June 28-30, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The effects of democratic backsliding on cross-border regional policy-making in Central Europe: the case of Hungary’s border regions
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper engages with the concept of democratic backsliding (Backe and Sitter, 2020; Bermeo 2016; Greskovits 2015) with relation to policymaking in a specific territorial governance space, namely cross-border regions. Many scholars have pointed to the lack of democratic legitimacy of cross-border regional policy-making processes, but usually this has been in the context of technical-bureaucratic and/or neo-liberal modes of governing. There has so far been no attention to what happens when borderlands are drawn into democratic backsliding processes. The paper uses the seven national borders of Hungary to analyze policy-making processes in three steps. It first discusses the deteriorating democracy index of the V-Dem project with relation to the Hungarian borderlands. It then applies a basic policy cycle approach to discuss how policy-making in the respective borderland regions may be affected by deficiencies in democratic policy-making processes at the national level. Finally, the paper investigates attitudes among voters and cross-border cooperation organizations in the border regions. The paper argues that backsliding democracy has consequences across the different dimensions of democracy and through the stages of the policy cycle, although unevenly so, with the electoral and participatory and dimensions of democracy and the early stages of the policy cycle more affected. In addition, the finding that citizens residing close to border crossings tend to be right leaning indicates a presence of nationalist attitudes likely to lead to views on borders as protection rather than obstacles to be overcome. This implies a changed discursive meaning of borders, possibly affecting the deliberative component of democracy. © 2022, The Author. 

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-49033 (URN)
Conference
IPPA 2022, T01W11, Regime transitions and public polices, Budapest, Hungary, June 28-30, 2022
Available from: 2022-12-22 Created: 2022-12-22 Last updated: 2023-03-06Bibliographically approved
Svensson, S. & Karlsson, P. (2022). The measurement of belief in conspiracy theories in a national context: a systematic literature review and methodological discussion . In: : . Paper presented at Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årliga konferens (SWEPSA), Örebro, Sverige, 28-30 september, 2022.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The measurement of belief in conspiracy theories in a national context: a systematic literature review and methodological discussion 
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As pointed out by the political scientist Josef Uscinski conspiracy theories are about power, who has power and what they do with it when no one sees (Uscinski 2019, 48). Political scientists paid scant attention to conspiracy theories for a long time, though, due to the disciplinary focus on rational choice theory making it hard to accept voters as non-rational actors (Butter and Knight 2019, 37). This has changed in recent years though, to the extent that conspiracy theories can be called a fashionable subject for research, akin to populism and right-wing radicalism. The research has been inspired by empirical developments in the US (especially the presidency of Donald Trump 2016-2020) and US research methods and approaches often dominate, for instance when it comes to operationalizing and measurement of conspiracy theories. This paper does two things. First, it seeks to give an overview of what we know about conspiracy theories in the national context of Sweden and internationally, based on a bibliometric and thematic analysis of 1100 abstracts. Secondly, the paper uses a political science perspective to discuss a pilot project to translate and use the Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale (Brotherton et al 2013) at Halmstad University. Specific focus is put on connotations to the term “government” and how translation may impact answers in Swedish. 

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-49032 (URN)
Conference
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årliga konferens (SWEPSA), Örebro, Sverige, 28-30 september, 2022
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2021-06266
Available from: 2022-12-22 Created: 2022-12-22 Last updated: 2023-07-06Bibliographically approved
Projects
Effects of an intervention designed for identifying misinformation, desinformation and conspiracy theories [2021-06266_VR]; Halmstad UniversityB-SHAPES: Borders shaping perceptions of European societies
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4759-7505

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