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Conclusions: Local Autonomy—Patterns, Dynamics and Ambiguities

  • Andreas Ladner
  • Nicolas Keuffer
  • Harald Baldersheim
  • Nikos Hlepas
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
  • Kristof Steyvers
  • Carmen Navarro
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Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Abstract

In this final chapter, we recall the importance of local autonomy as it is promoted by many international organisations and the theoretical foundations of the concept. Subsequently, we summarise findings on the different variables measured and outline the patterns of local autonomy found among the 39 countries under scrutiny, as well as to the overall index of local autonomy, its distinct dimensions and the country rankings. The chapter also recalls our attempts to explain the variation among the countries and to learn more about the consequences. The chapter is rounded off with further analysis of patterns of interactive governance and democratic space. The patterns that emerge should encourage scholars to develop further hypotheses about the effects of local autonomy and decentralisation on performance.

Keywords

Dimensions of local autonomy Patterns of local autonomy Index of local autonomy Interactive rule Interactive governance Local democratic space 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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