"This book offers a comparative study of the structure of the local government in the countries within the European Union from a public law perspective. The book provides a detailed analysis of the state of local government in fifteen Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK.For each Member State an expert on local government addresses a number of points including the present form of local government as well as current proposals for the reform of local government the functions of the local authorities the type and the degree of autonomy these bodies enjoy the internal organization and the local form of government the controls the local authorities undergo the system of funding of these bodies the influence of the European integration on the structure of the local government. In presenting such a wide-ranging survey, the book draws out the main trends of local government in Europe and outlines the elements of convergence and divergence between the Member States. The book also evaluates the impact of the European integration on the structure of the local government at national level, and argues that it is possible to view local government as the fourth level of the EU multi-layered constitution."-- Provided by publisher.
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1. Austria : municipalities as the "third tier" of Austrian federalism / Harald Eberhard 2. Belgium : local government in Belgium : a 'Catch 22' between autonomy and hierarchy / Alexander de Becker 3. Czech Republic : local government in the Czech Republic : history, current position, prospective evolution / Richard Pomahac 4. France : territorial decentralisation in France : towards autonomy and democracy / Irene Couzigou 5. Germany : local government in Germany : an indispensable level of EU governance / Eike Michael Frenzel 6. Greece : local authorities in Greece : organisation, recent trends, European integration, reform, and the "Kapodistrias" tendency / Grigoris Avdikos 7. Hungary : local government in Hungary : a creeping centralisation? / Zoltan Szente 8. Italy : organisation and responsibilities of the local authorities in Italy between unity and autonomy / Stefano Villamena 9. The Netherlands : local authorities in the Polder-Dutch municipalities and provinces / Chris Backes and Wytze van der Woude 10. Poland : local government in Poland : towards consolidation? / Bogusaw Banaszak 11. Spain : ungovernable Spain : regional subsidiarity and the crisis of local governance / Gonzalo Villalta Puig 12. Sweden : local government in Sweden : flexibility and independence in a unitary state / Vilhelm Persson 13. United Kingdom : local government in England : Localism delivered? / Michael Varney 14. Conclusion : the contribution of local self-government to constitutionalism in the member states and in the EU multilayered system of governance / Carlo Panara.