588 Local Government

588 Local Government

  • Study programme and level: Master’s joint study programme Management in Administration 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: proffesional elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other study activities: 118
  • Individual work: 60
  • Language: English, Serbian, Slovene
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD


1. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Basic terms and concepts
  • The origin and development of local self-government
  • Relationship between state and local self-government
  • Competences, management and financing of local self-government communities
  • Regional self-government
  • Comparative local self-government
  • European dimension of local self-government (Council of Europe and European Union)
  • Local self-government reforms

2. Readings

  • Panara, C., Varney, M. (eds.) (2013). Local government in Europe : the "fourth level" in the EU multilayered system of governance. London; New York: Routledge.
  • Moreno, A., M. (2012). Local Government in the Member States of the European Union: A Comparative Legal Perspective. INAP.
  • Vlaj, S. (2006). Lokalna samouprava, Teorija in praksa (tretja spremenjena in dopolnjena izdaja), Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana.
  • Loughlin, J., Hendriks, F., Lindström, A. (eds.) (2011). The Oxford handbook of local and regional democracy in Europe. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wollmann, H., Marcou, G. (eds.) (2010). The provision of public services in Europe: between state, local government and market. Cheltenham; Northampton: Edward Elgar.

3. Objectives and competences


  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the role and importance of local government in modern democracies.
  • understands the organization, management and financing of local communities and the basic models of local government
  • distinguish and understand the acts of the Council of Europe and the European Union relating to the local and regional government
  • understands the developmental processes in the field of local government in modern countries


  • Understanding of local government
  • Understanding the comparative regulation, institutional framework and financing of local government
  • Critical evaluation of the positive regulation of this area
  • Ability to independently research issues in the subject field of local government


4. Intended learning outcomes:

Students learn about the legal and wider social components of regulation and operation of the local government. Students will be able to understand and explain normative and topical developments in the field of local government.


5. Learning and teaching methods:

  • lecture
  • seminars
  • case study
  • consultations


6. Assessment

Written and/or oral exam