833 Local and Regional Self-Government

833 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: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • knows basic principles and elements required to define local and regional self-government
  • finds similarities and differences between local and state governance
  • finds similarities and differences between local and regional self-government
  • analyses types of local communities, their organisation, tasks, functioning, financing and control
  • knows the issues of local and regional governance in a global era


  • understands reasons for implementation of local self-government and process of decentralisation
  • differentiates between different types and forms of self-government
  • differentiates local, regional and state governance
  • understands, identifies and interprets problems linked to the functioning of local communities within the local community environment and society at large
  • applies legal rules in order to create solutions for issues in practice

2. Content

  • Basic terms
  • Historical development of local self-government in selected countries
  • Fundamental regulations and international organizations of local and regional self-government
  • Legal regulation of slovenian local self-government
  • Challenges of local governance in era of globalization
  • Forms and Instruments of intermunicipal cooperation
  • Forms and functions of regionalization

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 will:

  • understand basic reasons for implementation of local self-government in basic principles of its functioning
  • know and understand organisation and functioning of local communities and their relations to other bodies and individuals
  • differentiate between local, regional and state governance
  • be able to solve practical issues in the field of local and regional self-government

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • practical work
  • e-learning
  • case study
  • debate
  • individual tutorial

6. Assessment

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