More and more places across the world are confronted with demographic shrinkage. This edited volume discusses how local communities in city and countryside have responded to the challenge of population decline. It is argued that formal strategies based on political and public sector decisions are only one way to deal with shrinkage. Informal adaptation strategies developed by civil society play an important role as well. To illustrate this, the book brings together a variety of theoretical perspectives, case studies and policy lessons from both urban and rural areas.
Gert-Jan Hospers is researcher at the University of Twente and Radboud University, the Netherlands.
Josefina Syssner is researcher at the Centre for Municipality Studies at Linköping University, Sweden.