Local Self-Government in Europe


Boštjan Brezovnik (ed)
New University, European Faculty of Law; Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Law and Administration
Istvan Hoffman (ed)
Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law; Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Law and Administration
Jarosław Kostrubiec (ed)
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Law and Administration


The local governance and municipalities have always been an important system of the national administrative systems. Therefore, their analysis has had a long tradition in the European social sciences. The different regulations on the municipal administration have been compared by the books, but the approach has been changed by the evolvement of the administrative sciences: comparative local governance and the comparison of the different local socio-economic systems became recent topics of the monographs. 13 municipal systems are analysed by this book. Countries from all part of the European Union are observed by the chapters. The central element of our analysis are the standards defined by the Charter of Local Self-Government in Europe: the implementation of the Charter and the transformation and reforms of the last decades are analysed by them. However, just half of the municipal models of the EU Member States are examined by leading experts of the given countries, but the different faces of the similar trends can be observed by this book. The different ‘faces’ of centralisation and concentration can be seen. The book has a strong legal approach, but the analysis of the local governance is in focus of the book, therefore, it has a wider, social science approach, as well.


  • Local Self-Government in Belgium
    Kristof Steyvers, Koenraad De Ceuninck, Tom Verhelst
  • Local Self-Government in Bulgaria
    Milena Hristova Stefanova
  • Local Self-Government in Cyprus
    George Coucounis, Nikolas Koukounis
  • Local Self-Government in Czech Republic
    Michal Radvan, Petr Mrkývka, Johan Schweigl
  • Local Self-Government in Estonia
    Sulev Lääne, Sulev Mäeltsemees, Vallo Olle
  • Local Self-Government in Finland
    Hanna Vakkala, Lotta-Maria Sinervo, Anni Jäntti
  • Local Self-Government in Hungary
    István Hoffman
  • LocalSelf-Government in Italy
    Roberto Scarciglia
  • Local Self-Government in Lithuania
    Diana Šaparnienė, Aistė Lazauskienė, Oksana Mejerė, Vita Juknevičienė
  • Local Self-Government in Romania
    Cristina Maria Hintea, Bogdan Andrei Moldovan, Tudor Cristian Țiclău
  • Local Self-Government in Slovakia
    Daniel Klimovský, Juraj Nemec
  • Local Self-Government in Spain
    Angel Iglesias, Roberto Barbeito
  • Local Self-Government in Sweden
    Anders Lidström, Tom Madell
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