Tuesday seminar with Harald Baldersheim
Professor emeritus Harald Baldersheim will present his work "The anatomy and drivers of local autonomy in Europe: Comparison of 39 countries".
It is based on a draft chapter to a Festschrift for professor emeritus Hellmut Wollmann, Humboldt Universität, Berlin. The chapter is part of reporting from a project on local autonomy carried out for DG IV of the European Union. The project has sought to map variations of local government autonomy across 39 European countries, from Norway to Turkey. Autonomy is a pillar of the institution of local government but is much less covered by research than those of local democracy and efficiency. The aims of the project have been to develop concepts and indicators for measuring local autonomy as well as trying to identify drivers and consequences of (high versus low) degrees of autonomy. The motivation of DG IV is to gain an understanding of why some countries face immense difficulties in actually spending funds allocated for regional and local development. Presumably, this may have something to do with local autonomy.