What Culture does to Regional Governance: Collaboration and Negotiation in Public Transport Planning in Two Swedish Regions

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In the context of public transportation, just as in many parts of society, the level of organizational complexity has increased over the last twenty years. Due to structural reforms and policy adjustments, responsibilities for the public transportation system in Sweden have become increasingly divided between a variety of public and private actors, thus fragmenting the organizational landscape. This development has led to an increased awareness of the need  to coordinate efforts in the public transport system. Not only does this involve coordination between private and public actors, it also involves coordination between public actors located at different vertical and horizontal scales in the government  structure. The literature on governance has developed as a means to theorize these shifts and changes. In particular, governance theories analyze changing  relations between public and private actors in providing common means and ends of societal development.

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