Local governments play important roles in the lives of European citizens by providing social services and acting as democratic focal points. These roles are increasingly shaped by European laws and policies, for example through the award of Regional Development Funds and the development of EU Urban Agenda. Member States consider the legal form and status of local governments to be part of their exclusive sphere of competence. This chapter investigates how local governments’ dependence on the Member States for their place in Europe jeopardizes the legitimation of governance in the EU by maintaining an artificial division between the national and EU’s spheres of influence.
|Title of host publication||Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law|
|Editors||Samo Bardutzky, Elaine Fahey|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Local government
- Participatory democracy