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Kommunal parkverksamhet med brukarmedverkan

Delshammar, Tim (2005). Kommunal parkverksamhet med brukarmedverkan. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2005:118
ISBN 91-576-6917-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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During the last decade there has been a growing interest in public participation in operation and in decision making, in the public sector as a whole as well as in the public park sector in Sweden. The aim of the thesis was to study and analyse user participation in public park management and maintenance. The methods employed were studies of literature, studies of historical source material, two surveys and eight case studies. The thesis discusses four questions: Which are the prerequisites for users participation?; Does user participation affect the benefits of parks for the non-participants?; Does user participation affect the basis for park management?; Does user participation affect parks? The thesis also discusses the concepts of parks, public park departments, public park management, users and user participation. There were several reasons for participation, e.g.; the need to improve neighbourhood environment; to protect play- and sports ground from being closed down or to enjoy the possibilities of outdoor work together with friends. Knowledge of the opportunities to participate, an easy access to, and an informal dialog with, the employees of the park departments facilitated participation. The case studies gave examples of an increased use of parks as a result of participation. Case studies and surveys, however, gave examples of the risk of park spaces being privatize by means of intentional or unintentional territory marking. Participation called for new qualifications for the employees to be able to co-operate with both professional actors and unprofessional actors. The financial effect of user participation could be both positive and negative, but was as a whole insignificant. Though there was a widespread anxiety about maintenance-mistakes or self-interest decisions that could come out of participation, in several of the case studies participation meant better maintenance of the concerned parks.

Authors/Creators:Delshammar, Tim
Title:Kommunal parkverksamhet med brukarmedverkan
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :November 2005
Number of Pages:151
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6917-1
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:public parks, participation, landscape conservation, social values, public opinion
Keywords:public parks, park departments, park management, park maintenance, user participation, park users
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ID Code:975
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Institutionen för landskaps- och trädgårdsteknik
Deposited By: Tim Delshammar
Deposited On:11 Nov 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:08

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