Local development through the foundational economy? Priority-setting in Danish municipalities

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The foundational economy perspective suggests that industries, which provide services essential to all citizens’ well-being and participation in everyday life, should be placed centrally in economic development policy. This article studies the extent to which local governments put emphasis on foundational industries in their strategies for development. Moreover, drivers behind priority-setting are examined. Based on an analysis of all 98 Danish municipalities’ planning strategies and semi-structured interviews with relevant actors from two rural municipalities, we find that foundational industries are to a great extent emphasised, even if they are not characterised as the foundation for economic development. Rather, foundational industries are prioritised in the absence of other options or when municipalities are not compelled to put local job creation as a crucial focus to attract and maintain inhabitants.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLocal Economy
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)768-786
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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    Research areas

  • agenda-setting, development policies, economic development, foundational economy, local governments, municipalities

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