Sub-Municipal Governance in Europe

Decentralization Beyond the Municipal Tier

  • Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas
  • Norbert Kersting
  • Sabine Kuhlmann
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
  • Filipe Teles

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nikos Hlepas, Norbert Kersting, Sabine Kuhlmann, Pawel Swianiewicz, Filipe Teles
    Pages 1-24
  3. Norbert Kersting, Sabine Kuhlmann
    Pages 93-118
  4. Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Norbert Kersting
    Pages 247-260
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-268

About this book


This book explores sub-municipal units’ (SMU) role in decision making, decentralized institutional innovation, social innovation and, in rural areas, service delivery. Focusing on fourteen European countries, the book examines the impact of political cultures, administrative traditions and local government systems on the functioning of the SMUs. An under-explored topic in the literature, this book provides a comprehensive, comparative European, thematically broad, descriptive book on sub-municipal governance. 


Sub-Municipal Governance Europe Decentralization Sub-Municipal Devolution sub-municipal institutions sub-municipal unit (SMU) democratic legitimacy multilevel governance Local Government local democracy town planning democratic participation local self-government multilateralism Lilliputian governance sustainability Austerity citizen engagement institutional innovation Regional Politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas
    • 1
  • Norbert Kersting
    • 2
  • Sabine Kuhlmann
    • 3
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
    • 4
  • Filipe Teles
    • 5
  1. 1.Political Science and Public AdministrationNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  3. 3.Political Science, Public Administration and OrganizationUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  4. 4.Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  5. 5.Department of Social, Political and Territorial SciencesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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