Gissur Erlingson notes the absence of research about political parties at the county level.
Anybody…? Anybody…? Bueller…?
This is in fact very strange. As Erlingson points out, Swedish voters give high priority to health care issues at elections but neither voters, media or political scientists seem to give much attention to the regional level. In a Nordic perspective, the Norwegian government shifted responsibility for hospitals from the regional to the state level while the recent Danish local government reform all but killed the regional level. Maybe this was only possible because the regional level was seen as an administrative rather than a political level in the political system?
An earlier post pointing to Erlingson’s colleague Peter Santesson-Wilson.