Local Autonomy Index

  • Andreas Ladner, Nicolas Keuffer, Harald Baldersheim (2015). Local Autonomy Index for European countries (1990-2014). Release 1.0. Brussels: European Commission.
  • The aim of the study is to create a Local Authority Index (LAI) which can be used to analyse and report changes in the amount of decentralisation of countries within the European Union. The measure of decentralisation is supposed to go beyond the share of funds managed by local authorities and should captures to what extent local authorities have a say in how these funds are spent.
  • Project leader is Prof. Dr. Andreas Ladner from the IDHEAP at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Harald Baldersheim from the University of Oslo (Norway). Both are members of the Management Committee of the COST Action “Local Public Sector Reforms”.

Policy Brochure Project

‘LocRef’-POLLEADER Survey

  • Hubert Heinelt, Annick Magnier and
    Herwig Reynaert (Eds.): The European Mayor II: Political Leaders in the Changing Context of
    Local Democracy
  • The planned book will make a contribution to the debate on political leadership at the local level by referring to a survey on mayors of cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants in 31 European countries carried out from the end of 2014 to the end of 2015. The survey is based on a partnership between the COST project ‘Local Public Sector Reforms – an International Comparison’ (LocRef) and a network of scholars organised in the standing groups on Local Government and Politics (LOGOPOL) of the European Consortium of Political Science (ECPR) and/or in the European Urban Research  Association (EURA) which has carried out a number of surveys during the last 20 years.
  • Book Proposal
  • Questionnaire

Cost Reduction Programs in Local Government Organizations

  • France (Turc, Guenoun)
    —Italy (Mussari, Palmieri)
    —Portugal (Rodrigues)
    —Ireland (Robbins)
    —Slovenia (Pevcin)
    —Germany (Schwab, Blank)
    —UK (Liddle)
  • Crisis perceptions and other factors of cutback strategies in European LGOs.  A Comparative Survey of France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Germany the UK.

  • Overview Presentation
  • Questionnaire
  • Questionnaire Germany

“LocRef“-UDITE Project: Municipal Gateways to EU Policy Making (MUNIWAY)

  • Ronny Frederickx, Geert Bouckaert, Christian Schwab (Eds.)
    Observe how citizens are playing their role in local democracy in different local situations throughout the EU, to see to what extent their engagement is motivated by EU policy developments and by suggesting new ways in which local authorities can contribute to better involving citizens in the policy making processes of the EU.
  • Link to the organisation
  • Description

European Municipal Data Archive (EMDA)

  • The initiative will be led by a steering group under the leadership of Professor Anders Lidström, Umeå University, Sweden and will consist of (at least) the following distinguished colleagues:
    Professor Harald Baldersheim, University of Oslo, Norway
    Professor Bas Denters, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Professor Sabine Kuhlmann, University of Potsdam, Germany
    Professor Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
    Professor Andreas Ladner, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration Lausanne, Switzerland
    Professor Iveta Reinholde, University of Latvia, Latvia
    Professor Pawel Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Although there are national data sources in several European countries, these have not been merged or coordinated in a way that would make it possible to simultaneously capture between – and within – country variations. Hence, many key features of the unit of democracy that is nearest to the people, and how this has changed and been reformed, have not been possible to map and analyze.
  • This initiative aims at investigating whether it is possible to set up a European Municipal Data Archive of sufficient quality and comprehensiveness to allow for new and path-breaking research on local government, local democracy and municipal reforms.

 Sub-Municipal Units (SMUs)

  • Norbert Kersting (WG IV) and Ellen Wayenberg (WG III)
  • During the COST Dubrovnik meeting, WG III has decided to further research Sub-Municipal Units (SMUs) across big/metropolitan cities. Our final aim is to make a special journal issue on this topic.
  • Next Steps
  • Belgium as a case

Autonomy, Management Reforms and Amalgamations

  • Steiner, Reto/Ladner, Andreas
  • The importance of local government for service provision but also for citizens’ participation and political stability is hardly questioned. It is also widely accepted that local governments have come under increasing pressure and that they have adopted an impressive range of reform activities to cope with the upcoming challenges. As of now, there is an impressive amount of literature about local government and its reform and the scientific community treating with these questions is large and rather well organized. What is lacking, however, are comparative studies applying the same methodology to a larger number of countries. The COST action IS1207 “Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison” which is chaired by Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann and Prof. Geert Bouckaert offers an excellent opportunity to start and coordinate comparative research activities in this field. The main applicant and the co‐applicant of this research proposal are both members of the management board of the COST action.
  • Approved Funding Amount: 500.000 CHF
  • Abstract

Horizon2020 Project (Proposal Consortium)

  • CULT-COOP-11-2016/2017: Understanding the transformation of European public administrations
  • Overview Consortium

 Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe

  • Guest editors:
    Paweł Swianiewicz – University of Warsaw, Poland (WG III)
    Filipe Teles – University of Aveiro, Portugal (WG III)
  • Special Issue – Approved by the International Review of Administrative Sciences (November 23, 2015). Articles will be submitted in September 2016.
  • The aim of this special issue is to explore the dynamics, experiences and drivers of Inter-municipal cooperation in Europe, given its increasing incidence in contemporary local governance.

Joined-Up Local Governments – Restructuring and Reorganizing internal Management (WGII)

  • Bjørnå, Hilde (NO)
    Casale Donatella (IT)
    Hajnal Gyorgy (HU)
    Christian Schwab, Thomas Danken (DE)
    Tobias Polzer, Renate Meyer, Stephan Leixnering (AU)
    Geraldine Robbins (IE)
  • Joined up government (JUG) is an element of modernization programs and has been viewed as a mechanism for increased coordination in both thinking and action.  JUG style approaches have been seen as a way to leverage resources and to capitalize on synergies, and a means to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and service quality and as the modus operandi for 21th century governance. JUG is seen as a method for tackling complex or wicked problems and the term is often used synonymous with post-NPM and “whole of government” reforms.
  • Book Proposal