• Kristian Østergaard Waaentz
  • Frederik Skoust Errebo
4. semester, Politik og Administration, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
The goal of this project is to analyze the political trend of decentralizing public workplaces and institutions in an effort to curb the presumed imbalance of the countryside versus the city. This is done by shedding light on the political idea that is decentralization, and then analyze whether and how this idea has led to actual policy change using an ideational theoretic framework. This framework is used to analyze these ideas through three different ideational standpoints found in the theory: Ideas as heuristics, ideas as strategic tools and ideas as institutional frameworks. To further the analysis Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework will be utilized to better describe the phenomena found in these political processes. The project takes shape as a cross sectional design in the period of 2014 to present day, using a critical realist standpoint in the gathering and coding of the data. The gathered data takes the shape of both a broad range of gathered documents, both political and journalistic products along with interviews with political actors, covering three political groups: The Social Democratic Party; the liberal party Venstre; and the Joint Council of the Rural Districts. Using the collected data the project takes an idiographic approach in representing and analyzing these three groups. The project found signs of several policy entrepreneurs, with one whose heuristic ideas were found to be reflected directly in the government's current policy changes. Along with this it was shown that heuristics played a key part in the political ideas of the informants. The project further showed how all three groups used ideas as strategic tools, how they actively engaged in lobbying, discourse, compromises and tried to reinterpret the idea of decentralization. Lastly the project found that it was unlikely that the idea of decentralization had gained enough momentum to be internalized as institutional frameworks in either the Social Democrats or The Liberal Party, but that it was highly likely to be found in the Joint council of the Rural Districts seeing as the organization was founded with the main goal of pursuing this goal. With this the project was able to conclude that the idea of decentralization has become a large and important part of the current Danish politics, and that the idea has led to several large-scale policy changes.
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2022
Antal sider91
ID: 471665696