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Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Develops a “local autonomy index” covering legal, functional, financial, organisational, administrative and influential aspects

  • Confirms or updates existing typologies of local administrative systems in which the degree of local autonomy is a defining element

  • Offers perspectives from a unique network of local government specialists across a large number of European countries

Part of the book series: Governance and Public Management (GPM)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Assessing and Measuring Local Autonomy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. What Is Local Autonomy?

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 3-36
    3. Measuring Local Autonomy

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 37-74
  3. Towards the Local Autonomy Index

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Legal Foundations

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 77-102
    3. Functional Responsibilities

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 103-123
    4. Financial Control

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 125-150
    5. Organisational Choice

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 151-173
    6. Administrative Supervision

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 175-192
    7. Vertical Access

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 193-212
    8. The Local Autonomy Index (LAI)

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 213-254
  4. The Local Autonomy Index as Tool for Comparative Analysis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 255-255
    2. A New Typology of Local Government? Beyond North-South and East-West

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 257-278
    3. Who Governs? Patterns of Responsiveness and Accountability

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 279-301
    4. Roadmap to Local Autonomy? Drivers of Variation

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 303-315
    5. Blessings of Local Autonomy? Does It Matter? For What? How?

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 317-332
    6. Conclusions: Local Autonomy—Patterns, Dynamics and Ambiguities

      • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 333-348
  5. Correction to: Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe

    • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
    Pages C1-C1
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 349-359

About this book

This book considers local autonomy, measured as a multidimensional concept, from a cross-country comparative perspective, and examines how variations can be explained and what their consequences are. It fills a gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive study of the different components of local autonomy across a large number of countries, over time. It offers a theoretically saturated concept to measure local autonomy and applies it to 39 countries, including all 28 EU member states together with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland Turkey and Ukraine, over a period of 25 years (1990-2014).

Andreas Ladner is Professor of Political Institutions and Public Administration at the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Harald Baldersheim is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway. 

Nikos Hlepas is Associate Professor for Local Self-Government and Regional Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. 

Nicolas Keuffer is Research Assistant at the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Carmen Navarro is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. 

Kristof Steyvers is Professor of Political science, Ghent University, Belgium. 

Paweł Swianiewicz is Professor in the Department of Development and Local Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland.

Keywords

  • local autonomy
  • local government
  • decentralisation reforms
  • normative rationales
  • multidimensional concept
  • coding scheme
  • municipalities
  • decentralization
  • legal status
  • legal protection
  • constitutionalism
  • policy automony
  • functions
  • local democracy
  • fiscal decentralization
  • local taxes
  • intergovernmental transfers
  • organisational autonomy
  • self-regulation
  • local administration

Authors and Affiliations

  • IDHEAP, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer

  • Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Harald Baldersheim

  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

    Nikos Hlepas

  • Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland

    Pawel Swianiewicz

  • Department of Political Science, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

    Kristof Steyvers

  • Department of Political Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Carmen Navarro

About the authors

Andreas Ladner is Professor of Political Institutions and Public Administration at the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Harald Baldersheim is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway. 

Nikos Hlepas is Associate Professor for Local Self-Government and Regional Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. 

Nicolas Keuffer is Research Assistant at the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Carmen Navarro is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. 

Kristof Steyvers is Professor of Political science, Ghent University, Belgium. 

Paweł Swianiewicz is Professor in the Department of Development and Local Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland.    

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Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-95642-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)