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Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe

  • Andreas Ladner
  • Nicolas Keuffer
  • Harald Baldersheim
  • Nikos Hlepas
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
  • Kristof Steyvers
  • Carmen Navarro

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Assessing and Measuring Local Autonomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 3-36
    3. 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. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 77-102
    3. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 103-123
    4. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 125-150
    5. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 151-173
    6. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 175-192
    7. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 193-212
    8. 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. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 257-278
    3. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 279-301
    4. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 303-315
    5. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 317-332
    6. Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim, Nikos Hlepas, Pawel Swianiewicz, Kristof Steyvers et al.
      Pages 333-348
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-359

About this book

Introduction

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

  • Andreas Ladner
    • 1
  • Nicolas Keuffer
    • 2
  • Harald Baldersheim
    • 3
  • Nikos Hlepas
    • 4
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
    • 5
  • Kristof Steyvers
    • 6
  • Carmen Navarro
    • 7
  1. 1.IDHEAPUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.IDHEAPUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  4. 4.National and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  5. 5.Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarszawaPoland
  6. 6.Department of Political ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  7. 7.Department of Political ScienceUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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