Measuring Local Autonomy in 39 Countries (1990-2014)

Details

Serval ID
serval:BIB_A796941AA30C
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Measuring Local Autonomy in 39 Countries (1990-2014)
Journal
Regional & Federal Studies
Author(s)
Ladner A., Keuffer N., Baldersheim H.
ISSN
1359-7566 (Print)
1743-9434 (Electronic)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
26
Number
3
Pages
321-357
Language
english
Abstract
Local autonomy is a highly valued feature of good governance. The continuous efforts of many European countries to strengthen the autonomy of local government show the importance given to decentralization and the transfer of far-reaching competences to the lowest units. Measuring and comparing local autonomy, however, has proven to be challenging. Not only are there diverging ideas about the core elements of local autonomy, there are also considerable difficulties applying specific concepts to different countries. This paper outlines a comprehensive methodology for measuring local autonomy. It analyses 39 European countries and reports changes between 1990 and 2014. A network of experts on local government assessed the autonomy of local government of their respective countries on the basis of a common code book. The 11 variables measured show an overall increase of local autonomy but significant variation between the countries. The variables also add up to an overall measurement of local autonomy.
Keywords
Local government, local autonomy, European countries, comparative research, decentralization
Create date
01/09/2016 19:36
Last modification date
20/08/2019 15:12
Usage data