Bykonkurrence i provinsbyen

Jonas Rud Berner, Kristian Spanggaard Christensen & Lauge Hendriksen

Student thesis: Termpaper


Inter-urban competition between small provincial towns This study investigates the characteristics and significance of inter-urban competition between small provincial towns in Denmark through a case study of the town of Haslev. Our understanding of inter-urban competition is defined in a Danish context using David Harvey’s theory of the shift toward entrepreneurial planning in urban governance. This formes the criteria for analyzing the development in planning and planning strategies in Haslev, as relates to inter-urban competition between small provincial towns. Using specific planning initiatives from 1984 and 2011-2013 respectively, this is analyzed within a thematic framework in order to compare the periods and understand the interim development. Based on an outline of the current planning strategies in Haslev, we examine how the speculative elements in certain parts of entrepreneurial planning can be understood. A model of the relation between municipal influence on the context of a planning initiative and the degree of place dependency in the related activities, is set up in order to distinguish the predictability of the outcome of certain types of planning initiatives. This study concludes that the planning of Haslev has become more entrepreneurial with the increasing inter-urban competition between small provincial towns. It is further concluded that the planning of small provincial towns becomes increasingly speculative and complex, which necessitates extensive cooperation and knowledge sharing.

EducationsPlanning Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date27 May 2015
SupervisorsJesper Visti Hansen


  • Provinsbyer
  • Kebabvogn
  • Bykonkurrence
  • David Harvey