Giving Citizens More Say in Local Government: Comparative Analyses of Change Across Europe in Times of Crisis

Angelika Vetter, Daniel Klimovsky, Sebastianus A.H. Denters, Norbert Kersting

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Abstract

The authors show how institutions for citizen participation in European local government have changed from 1990 until today. Relying on data from an expert survey and focusing on the right of free access to information, the direct election of mayors, and binding local referenda, the authors discover a clear trend of democratic renewal in European local politics. However, the trend is not uniform. The authors also offer some interpretations for the pattern of change they found: Democratic reforms are the result of domestic political factors. But as diffusion theory suggests, the reforms are also externally determined by factors like coercion, learning, and imitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocal Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National Trajectories and International Comparisons
EditorsSabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert
Pages273-286
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameGovernance and public management

Keywords

  • IR-101248
  • METIS-317852

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    Vetter, A., Klimovsky, D., Denters, S. A. H., & Kersting, N. (2016). Giving Citizens More Say in Local Government: Comparative Analyses of Change Across Europe in Times of Crisis. In S. Kuhlmann, & G. Bouckaert (Eds.), Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National Trajectories and International Comparisons (pp. 273-286). (Governance and public management). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52548-2_15