From Central Control to Local Initiative: Regional Development in Latvia and Norway

Harald Sverdrup Koht, Iveta Reinholde


 This article discusses the development of regional policies in two countries, Latvia and Norway. The aim of the article is to present how these policies have evolved and can be understood with the application of a theoretical framework for analysis. Even though Latvia and Norway have quite different experiences in regional development policy, both have tried to react to modern challenges of globalization and demographic changes by applying general theories and concepts of economic and social development. Differences and similarities between the two countries are high-lighted by a review of studies from Latvia and Norway that describes the variety of policy that can be applied for regional development.


public services, regional development, Latvia, Norway, policy tools, local partnership

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