Combining European Research on Local Governance and Local Democracy

Permanent Study Group 4: Local Governance and Democracy
  • Tomas BergströmEmail author
  • Colin Copus
  • Jochen Franzke
  • José M. Ruano
  • Linze Schaap
  • Hanna Vakkala
Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)


The contribution summarises the scientific discussion and research activities of the EGPA Permanent Study Group 4 (PSG 4) “Local Governance and Local Democracy”, founded in 2005. The impetus for proposing this specific PSG was the growing importance of the local level within the multi-level governance system in the European Union and most of its member states. The PSG 4 acts as a European network of research activities inside and outside EGPA, producing joint publications and organising scientific debates on many problems of the development of municipalities and local authorities. Our focus was on discussing both how to improve democracy by increased participation and deliberation, and how to secure provision of services in an efficient way in developed welfare societies. This includes analysing several forms of administrative changes and reforms at the local level and research of representative, direct and cooperative democracy at local level in a cross-European comparison.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomas Bergström
    • 1
    Email author
  • Colin Copus
    • 2
  • Jochen Franzke
    • 3
  • José M. Ruano
    • 4
  • Linze Schaap
    • 5
  • Hanna Vakkala
    • 6
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Potsdam UniversityPotsdamGermany
  4. 4.Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)MadridSpain
  5. 5.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  6. 6.University of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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