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Between centralism and localism: on the development of local self-government in postsocialist Europe
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskap. (CUReS)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-7737-5850
1997 (engelsk)Inngår i: Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, ISSN 0263-774X, E-ISSN 1472-3425, Vol. 15, nr 2, s. 143-159Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

During real-socialism in Central and Eastern Europe the scope for local government discretion was marginal. Local government had a very low degree of legitimacy, and this is something that poses a big problem when it comes to developing local self-government under postsocialism. It seems as if most citizens are prepared to pin their hopes on new central leaders, while they are still very hesitant with regard to local self-governance. Various expressions of localism appeared during the first three to four years of postsocialist development. However, today it seems as if the tide has turned in favour of more centralist hopes and policies. This development is discussed in the light of some of the arguments commonly raised in favour of centralism and localism, respectively, highlighting the complex relationships between the two concepts and their current manifestations. In the concluding section some ideas are put forward concerning the issue how to bridge the gap between centralism and localism, and there is also a reminder that some of the current developments of local government in Eastern and Central Europe are similar to those in Western Europe. This makes a strong argument in favour of intensified transnational contacts between academics, practitioners, and ordinary citizens with an interest in developing local self-government.

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1997. Vol. 15, nr 2, s. 143-159
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centralism and localism, local self-government, postsocialist Europe
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20731DOI: 10.1068/c150143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20731DiVA, id: diva2:474112
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