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Local Government and Urban Governance in Europe

  • Carlos Nunes Silva
  • Ján Buček

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Carlos Nunes Silva, Ján Buček
    Pages 1-5
  3. Crisis, Reform and Innovation in Local Government

  4. Eu Policies, The Urban Agenda and Local Governance

  5. Citizen Participation in Local Self-Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Lilita Seimuskane, Inga Vilka, Edgars Brekis
      Pages 209-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


This book discusses innovative responses and reforms developed in critical areas of urban governance in European countries. It examines the impact of European Union’s policies on the urban agenda and on local governance, and the impact of the transition to democracy in Central and in Southern Europe on local self-government systems. The book is divided into three parts: i) Crisis, Reform and Innovation in Local Government; ii) EU Policies, the Urban Agenda and Local Governance; and iii) Citizen Participation in Local Government. 

Providing an extensive and updated overview of key challenges in the governance of cities in Europe, the book will be of interest to students and researchers in the broader field of urban studies, and for policy-makers, especially those engaged in urban governance in European countries.  


Local government Urban governance Institutional reforms and innovation EU urban policies Citizen participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Carlos Nunes Silva
    • 1
  • Ján Buček
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Spatial PlanningUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Dept Human Geography & DemographyComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

About the editors

Ján Buček is Associate Professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economic geography at Comenius University. Currently he is Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Governance (since 2008), Vice-President of the Slovak Geographical Society (since 2010) and a member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. 

Carlos Nunes Silva, PhD, is Professor Auxiliar at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests are mainly focused on local government policies, history and theory of urban planning, urban and metropolitan governance, urban planning ethics, urban planning in Africa, research methods, local e-government, and urban e-planning.

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