• Josefina Syssner
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This volume is part of an increasing scholarly interest in depopulating areas. It draws upon an interest in the implications of demographic decline for policy and planning, and an eagerness to understand how local governments respond to shrinkage, and why they respond in those ways. The book aims to provide a policy perspective on rural depopulation. With the support of theories and methods relating to policy analysis, the author elucidates how local governments in Sweden interpret the policy implications of shrinkage and depopulation. In this chapter and throughout the book, the author refers to several advantages of dealing with depopulation and shrinkage in a long-term and transparent way. The main argument, therefore, is that local governments in shrinking areas would benefit from developing explicit local adaptation policies.


Depopulation Shrinkage Rural Sweden Human geography Policy 


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  • Josefina Syssner
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  1. 1.Department of Culture and SocietyLinköping UniversityNorrkopingSweden

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