The Anatomy and Drivers of Local Autonomy in a European Perspective

  • Harald BaldersheimEmail author
  • Andreas Ladner
  • Anders Lidström
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Making democracy work is a continuous struggle (Putnam 1993). This also goes for local democracy (Wollmann 1999), including the maintenance of the autonomy of local government, which is the basis for local democracy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Baldersheim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Ladner
    • 2
  • Anders Lidström
    • 3
  1. 1.OsloNorwegen
  2. 2.LausanneSchweiz
  3. 3.UmeåSchweden

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