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Local Governance Reforms in Europe

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In the older democracies in the developed countries local democracy got a tremendous push with democratisation and general enfranchisement which mostly took place in the late 19th-and the early 20th century. Although in some of these countries decentralisation of political structures at the local level already existed before this period these earlier processes were more a deconcentration than devolution. Decentral administrations were less autonomous and often dominated by a small local elite. The general enfranchisement brought mass participation and the election of councils and mayors.

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Kersting, N., Caulfield, J., Nickson, R.A., Olowu, D., Wollmann, H. (2009). Local Governance Reforms in Europe. In: Local Governance Reform in Global Perspective. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-91686-6_2

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