0833 Local and Regional Self-Government

0833 Local and Regional Self-Government

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD and Maja Klun, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • understands role of local self-government in contemporary administrative systems
  • is acquainted with legal regulation of slovenian and other countries' local and regional self-government
  • understands contemporary trends in development and challenges of local and regional self-government
  • is acqiainted with economical aspects and efficiency of local and regional self-government
  • understands budget process of local self-government
  • is acqiainted with and can distinguish between mechanisms of local financing

Student is:

  • capable of placing local and regional self-government in sistem of public governance at EU and domestic level
  • capable of evaluate pros and cons of local and regional public governance
  • able to detect and evaluate problems of local and regional governance
  • able to recognize economical aspects and evaluate efficiency of local and regional self-government
  • capable of distinguish delivery mechanisms of local financing and evaluate the meaning of intermunicipal cooperation

2. Content

  • Autonomy, self-government and sovereignty
  • Legal regulation of local and regional self-government
  • Judicial and other forms of protection
  • European models of local self-government
  • Trends of development of european local self-government
  • Municipalities and regions as part of a multi-level governance system
  • Economical aspects of local and regional self-government
  • Efficiency of local and regional self-government
  • Local revenues
  • Local budget process
  • Local expenditures
  • Local debt

3. Readings

  • RAKAR, Iztok (urednik) (2018). 20 let Evropske listine lokalne samouprave v Sloveniji. Maribor: Inštitut za lokalno samoupravo Maribor. www.lex-localis.press/index.php/LexLocalisPress/catalog/book/60
  • Vlaj, S. (2006). Lokalna samouprava (2., spremenjena in dopolnjena izdaja). Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana (skupaj cca 150 od 295 str.).
  • Prorok, T., Schantl, A., Šošić, M. (2017). The future of Europe - built on strong municipalities : impact of the European Union on local authorities. Wien, Graz: NWV (cca. 40 str.) .
  • Schwab, C., Bouckaert, G., Kuhlmann, S. (2017). The future of local government in Europe : lessons from research and practice in 31 countries. Baden-Baden: Nomos. (cca. 50 str.).
  • Teles, F. (2016). Local governance and inter-municipal cooperation. Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan (cca. 50 str.)

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Student knows to:

  • find and use legal and other sources for local and regional governance needs
  • evaluate viability and suitability of foreign good pracitces in domestic environment
  • prepare solutions for basic issues of local and regional governance
  • independently apply the acquired knowledge and understanding of the theory in practice
  • solve problems in the area of local financing
  • critically evaluate delivery mechanisms of local public utilities

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • e-learning
  • intercurricural collaboration
  • case study

6. Assessment

  • Written and/or oral exam (600%)
  • Research work (10 %)
  • Seminar paper (30 %)