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The anatomy and drivers of local autonomy in a European perspective
University of Oslo.
University of Lausanne.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9482-4494
2017 (English)In: Starke Kommunen - wirksame Verwaltung: Fortschritte und Fallstricke der internationalen Verwaltungs- und Kommunalforschung / [ed] Sabine Kuhlmann & Oliver Schwab, Wiesbaden: Springer, 2017, 85-100 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Making democracy work is a continuous struggle (Putnam 1993). This also goes for local democracy (Wollmann 1999), including the maintenance of the autonomy of local government, which is the basis for local democracy. The autonomy of local government varies across countries but there is little understanding of why systems of local government develop in such different ways. The purpose of this article is to contribute to such an understanding. The variation in local autonomy as well as the lack of explanations for it is remarkable since local autonomy is a cherished ideal for local government in liberal-democratic societies. Indeed, local autonomy is one of the constituent features of local government, perhaps the most fundamental feature. Local government is of course established by the state and serves the state both literally and in a wider sense. Yet, without some measure of autonomy from the state local democracy is meaningless — there will be no policy space for decision-makers and no choice for citizens. Arguably, local autonomy is also a driver of efficiency in local government affairs through the adaptive opportunities to local circumstances made possible by autonomous decision-makers accountable to local citizens as tax payers and consumers.

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Wiesbaden: Springer, 2017. 85-100 p.
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133418DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-17135-3_6ISBN: 978-3-658-17134-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-658-17135-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133418DiVA: diva2:1087782
Available from: 2017-04-10 Created: 2017-04-10 Last updated: 2017-11-06Bibliographically approved

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