Regionernes eksistensgrundlag

Anne Køks Nielsen, Finn Hansen, Maria Ruggiero & Kathrine Mejer Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the legitimacy of the five Danish counties (regioner), which constitutes the regional level. Furthermore, how the existence of these counties affect the Danish political structure (statsopbygning). The motivation behind this investigation is the 2007 political reform (Strukturreformen), which changed the political structure. The reform entailed that 13 counties (amter) got reduced to five. Hence, the division of labour between the state-, regional- and municipality level changed. The result is that the counties are left with healthcare as their primary responsibility. In 2009 the county of Midtjylland decided to place a new hospital near Gødstrup, this decision caused political turmoil and became a nationwide issue, when the then Government and their supporting party, Danish Peoples Party (Dansk Folkeparti), included the hospital as a part of the negotiations of the Finance Bill; a decision that clearly is within the jurisdiction of the counties. This questions the legitimacy of the counties and is the motivation for this project. Additionally this points to the significance of this particular political level, being a part of the Danish political structure. Firstly, the input- and output legitimacy of the counties is analysed with David Eastons theory on political systems as a starting point. Secondly, the counties’ position in the political structure is analysed, applying Jean-Jaques Rousseau and James Madison and their notions on the considerations and principles behind political structure respectively. Lastly, the difficult position alongside the possible future of the counties is discussed and reflected upon. The project concludes that the counties, in their current form, are more or less redundant as a level in the Danish political structure. This denotes that the counties either should be broaden in the sense of more responsibility or be decommissioned. At the current moment we find that the national politicians highly disagrees upon the existence of the counties. Thus their mere existence seems to depend upon the political majority in Parliament.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2012
VejledereBodil Damgaard


  • Legitimitet
  • Statsopbygning
  • Regioner