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Implementation of the Habitat-agenda in local communities

late modern living conditions and residents´ interest, time for and real action in citizen participation, in a Swedish and Russian context

Granvik, Madeleine (2005). Implementation of the Habitat-agenda in local communities. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2005:108
ISBN 91-576-6907-4
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Within the politics for sustainable development the citizens are now expected to play an active and direct role in the implementation process. The viability of the citizens to take up this role, however, remains unclear. This dissertation explores the prerequisites for citizen participation according to the UN Habitat-agenda. The objective was to address the relations between the political intentions for sustainable habitation and residents´ experiences of their residential area, as well as their interest, time for and real action to commit themselves in local work. The main research question was: How do residents´ late modern lifestyles and living conditions relate to the intentions for citizen participation according to the Habitat-agenda? This topic has been investigated in residential areas in Sweden and in Russia. These residential areas are all examples of common types where no particular sustainable development programs have been outlined. The empirical work was based on case studies and the main method being used was conversational interviews, but also questionnaires and observations were carried out. The empirical material has resulted in four papers. The results indicate that few people actively participated in collective matters or had an interest in doing so. The assumption for the study was that participation would be greater in Swedish residential areas, due to Sweden's relatively long tradition of democratic practice, compared to Russia. That assumption can in general be dismissed, due to that few differences were found. The reason for this weak interest in common local issues may be a lack of support for sustainable habitation from local and national authorities or from residential companies. The citizens clearly need new incitements for local participation and action, which both fits into their everyday life and which supports a new sustainable lifestyle.

Authors/Creators:Granvik, Madeleine
Title:Implementation of the Habitat-agenda in local communities
Subtitle:late modern living conditions and residents´ interest, time for and real action in citizen participation, in a Swedish and Russian context
Year of publishing :November 2005
Volume:2005:108
Number of Pages:108
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLI. Granvik, M. (2005). Habitat-agendan – förutsättningar för implementering i ryska bostadsområden. Nordisk Østforum 19 (2): 203-220. II. Granvik, M., Berg, P.G., Berglund, U. & Johansson, R. Late modern living conditions and sustainable development: a conflict? – Residents´ interest, time for and real action in citizen participation in a Swedish context. Submitted to Urban Studies. III. Granvik, M. & Berg, P.G. Implementation of the Habitat-agenda - residents' interest and real actions in citizen participation, a comparison of local democracy in residential areas in Sweden and Russia. Submitted to Environment and Planning, C. IV. Berg, P.G., Eriksson, T. & Granvik, M. Building the Sustainable City from within - Implementing the Habitat Agenda in three Swedish Local Townscape Type Areas. Manuscript.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6907-4
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:community development, community involvement, sustainability, towns, human behaviour, living standards, quality of life, russian federation, sweden
Keywords:Citizen participation, The Habitat-agenda, habitation, local context, local communities, sustainable development, late modernity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-781
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-781
ID Code:971
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landskapsplanering, Ultuna (940701-051231)
Deposited By: Madeleine Granvik
Deposited On:02 Nov 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:08

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