Urban Dimension of the European Policies and the New EU Urban Agenda in Croatia

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The role of sub-national levels of government has significantly changed under the influence of Europeanization and so too the institutional frameworks of urban governance. Local units are expanding their activities to the European political arena, and their influence in strengthening local development is growing. Also, public management reforms are emphasizing the economic role of local government units and their active participation in stimulation of local development. The chapter addresses two main research questions: (1) What are the EU and Council of Europe recommendations for good local governance? and (2) Is Croatia implementing the European trends in urban governance? The main premise is that the process of European integration and institutionalization of relations between the European institutions and the Republic of Croatia has initialized the implementation of structural and functional reforms in the local government. The main hypothesis is set affirmatively: It is assumed that the majority of recommendations for good local governance have been adopted in the Croatian legal framework. For the purpose of hypothesis testing the legal analysis, teleological and linguistic method has been used on European and national legal documents (hard and “soft” law). The research has shown that: (1) There are 16 European principles for good local governance, and (2) all of them are implemented in Croatian legislation through a number of different standards. Therefore, the hypothesis has been proven. The research confirmed that the formal requirements for urban governance in Croatia are provided. In addition, the chapter recommends empirical research of practical implementation of the principles in everyday activities of the local institutions.


Local government Urban governance Development policies Strategic planning Participatory democracy Croatia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RijekaRijekaCroatia

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