Local and regional governance2018

2010 Local and regional governance

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • Concepts of the role of local and regional authorities
  • Models of local government
  • Legal framework for local and regional self-government
  • The competences and organization of local and regional authorities
  • The process of law-making and implementation of law
  • Legal aspects of inter-municipal and cross-border cooperation
  • Judicial review and the protection of local and regional self-government
  • Contemporary forms of governance and public participation at local and regional level
  • The forms and instruments of operation of local and regional authorities
  • Structure of local and regional administrative systems
  • The role of local and regional authorities in promoting economic development
  • The role of local and regional authorities in ensuring public safety and order

3. Readings

  • Kuhlmann, S., Bouckaert, G. (eds.) (2016). Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan (izbrana poglavja, cca. 70 str.)
  • Panara, C.,Varney, M. (2013). Local government in Europe : the "fourth level" in the EU multilayered system of governance. London; New York: Routledge (izbrana poglavja, cca. 30 str.).
  • Rixen, S., Welskopf-Deffaa, E. M. (2015). Zukunft der Selbstverwaltung: Responsivität und Reformbedarf. Springer-Verlag (izbrana poglavja, cca. 20 str.).
  • Denters, B., Rose, L. E. (2005). Comparing local governance: trends and developments. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan (izbrana poglavja, cca. 50 str.).
  • Himsworth, C. (2015). The European charter of local self-government: a treaty for local democracy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (izbrana poglavja, cca. 70 str.).

4. Objectives and competences


  • Understand the role of local and regional authorities in the EU context
  • To become familiar with the challenges and trends in the development of local and regional governance
  • Critically evaluate the state of local and regional democracy


  • Ability for a critical assessment of the current situation and development
  • Ability of conducting comparative analysis
  • Ability of independent research

5. Intended learning outcomes

  • Understands the role of local and regional authorities in the EU context
  • Can apply theoretical knowledge in practical situations
  • The ability to analyze and propose solutions to governance of local and regional affairs issues
  • Can explain the causes and consequences of administrative reforms at local and regional level
  • ability to assess the models of public participation at local and regional level

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • e-learning
  • case study

7. Assessment

  • Written and/or oral exam 40 %
  • Problem-based learning 60 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • Pevcin, P., Rakar, I. (2017). Evaluation of delivery mechanisms in the water supply industry – evidence from Slovenia. V Koprić, I., Wollmann, H., Marcou, G. (eds.), Evaluating Reforms of Local Public and Social Services in Europe: More Evidence for Better Results. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (v tisku).
  • Rakar, I., Tičar, B., Klun, M. (2015). Inter-municipal cooperation: challenges in Europe and in Slovenia. Transylvanian review of administrative sciences, no. 45 E, str. 185-200.
  • Rakar, I. (2013). Lokalna samouprava: izbrane teme. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo.