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A Normative Theory of Local Government: Connecting Individual Autonomy and Local Self-Determination with Democracy
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies – CKS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Lex Localis, ISSN 1581-5374, E-ISSN 1855-363X, Vol. 15, no 2, 325-338 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The issue of local government reform is high on the agenda in many developed democracies. The discussion is often framed in narrow terms, focusing on functional efficiency. In this article, we construct a normative argument for local government that values local government because it fulfills morally desirable purposes in itself, regardless of its functional efficiency. The argument is that the same foundational value – individual autonomy – constitutes the normative underpinning of both democracy and the right to local self-government. The implication is that if we value democracy, we must defend a strong and constitutionally protected local government.

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Institut za Lokalno Samoupravo in Javna Narocila Maribor , 2017. Vol. 15, no 2, 325-338 p.
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local self-government, local autonomy, democratic theory, constitutional theory
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136781DiVA: diva2:1090682
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-04-28Bibliographically approved

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