The road to Europe

Main street or backward alley for local governments in Europe?

Editor(s): Reynaert H., Steyvers K., Van Bever E.
Contributor(s): Goldsmith M., Guderjan M., Hamedinger A., Holtmann E., Karvonis A., Lamour C., Lindh M., Miles L., Montin S., Pan J., Reynaert H., Steyvers K., Van Bever E., van der Heiden N., Witte S.
ISBN-13: 978 90 4960 411 0
Year of Publication: 2011
Cover: Paperback
Number of Pages: 298
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The Europeanization of national politics is considered to be one of the main political developments of the past decades. However, also local authorities are confronted with the growing European dimension of their village streets. This leads to the guiding question for this book: how does Europe impact on the behaviour of lower tier governments? In other words, how and to what extent do local governments (re)act to this 'Europeanization'?

So far, Europeanization studies at the local level mainly focused on a top-down approach, defining Europeanization as the implementation of EU legislation or as meeting the criteria for receiving money from the EU structural funds. There are however also indications that local governments have started to by-pass national or regional governments and tried to gain direct access to European institutions to defend their interests (bottom-up dimension). They also became active in all sorts of networks and partnerships to facilitate best practice transfer, which is another important aspect of local (horizontal) Europeanization. The main purpose of this book is therefore to analyse both the theoretical as well as the empirical implications of Europeanization at the local level within different European countries.

Table of Contents:

  1. The road to Europe: Main street or backward alley for local governments in Europe?
    Eline Van Bever, Herwig Reynaert & Kristof Steyvers
  2. Twenty years on: The Europeanization of local government
    Mike Goldsmith
  3. Fluid local party systems: a bottom-up challenge for European multi-level governance? Germany as an exemplary case
    Everhard Holtmann
  4. Swedish local government in multi-level governance
    Stig Montin
  5. 'Resisting Europeanization?' Continuities and changes in governance in Vienna
    Alexander Hamedinger
  6. Fusing regions? Sustainable regional action and European integration. Nordic regional action in a fused Europe?
    Magnus Lindh & Lee Miles
  7. A fusion perspective on European integration of local government in Baden-WŸrttemberg
    Marius Guderjan
  8. Local authorities in the Council of Europe: Implications for the European Union
    Jing Pan
  9. A multi-level governance analysis of urban foreign policy. The role of the EU in city-to-city cooperation
    Nico van der Heiden
  10. The Europeanization of the local government in the EU multi-level governance system: The city networking paradigm and the Greek case
    Antonios Karvonis
  11. Together we are strong(er). Cross-border cooperation in a EU multi-level system
    Eline Van Bever, Herwig Reynaert & Kristof Steyvers
  12. From the reticular Europe to the contiguous Union
    Christian Lamour
  13. The (German) local level as an actor in European lobbying. Involvement and impact of the local level in the European policy-making process
    Sonja Witte