Re-compartmentalizing local policies? The translation and mediation of European structural funds in Sweden

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The local governments of EU member countries are attracted to the possibility of receiving EU funding. However, as the governance structures of EU funds are complex and dynamic, municipalities are increasingly drawing on the knowledge and resources of ‘EU experts’ who mediate and provide project support. This article contributes to our understanding of how EU cohesion policy is translated through EU projects, with a specific focus on the processes of preparing and applying for project funding. Drawing on education policy, this study analyses a tool which has been developed to facilitate and increase the number of EU projects in the Swedish region of Scania. The analysis shows that regional mediation – and the ambition to reframe local policies into EU projects – entails substantive as well as organizational changes in two aspects. First, the policy content shifts from the realm of education policy to the realms of collaborative development policy, social cohesion and innovation, and second, the translation entails an organizational shift from permanent public education administration to temporary project organizations. These processes are conceptualized as the re-compartmentalization of local policies.


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  • Malmö University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Public Administration Studies


  • education, Europeanization, mediation, projectification, projects, translation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-506
Number of pages19
JournalCritical Policy Studies
Issue number4
Early online date2018 Jun 15
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch