We have a new Focus on Local Governance !
Local governments in Europe are facing many new challenges. They constitute the level of government that has faced the most seriously the recent and global financial crisis. They must restructure themselves to deal with budgetary cut downs. By local government we refer here to all sub-national units of governance either exclusively urban, like city councils, or mostly rural, like regional governments. Their shapes widely differ but all local governments have in common to be subordinated to a sovereign state even though they have their own legitimacy through some diverse elective processes.
In the coming days, we will publish Interviews and analyses gathered during the final COST LocRef Meeting which took place in Brussels.