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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Using a comparative and thematic approach (within a Joint European Module subscribed to by 11 European universities) this course aims to explore various systems of subnational government, the changing relationships between the different levels of government and to examine the origin, nature and implications of the challenges facing sub-national governments in Europe.


The salience of sub-national government; evolution of different forms of subnational government; differences between supra-national, national and subnational government and relationships between the different levels of government; theoretical perspectives on the study of sub-national government; state, region and locality in the Anglo, French, Germanic and Scandinavian traditions; recent developments in Central and Eastern Europe; the European dimension of sub-national government; comparative trends in reform; the current challenges and future prospects confronting sub-national governments

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of the module students should: Be familiar with the different state traditions and systems of sub-national government Have a broad understanding of the theories of subnational governance and the relations between different levels of government Be able to compare the different systems

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of the module students should: Display an understanding of the distinctive cultures and characteristics which differentiate systems of local governance. Demonstrate the capacity to interpret evidence and evaluate systems

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of the module students should: Demonstrate the ability to access and apply information, construct an argument and communicate these ideas in a clear structured form. Participate actively in discussions around the key issues in

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

A range of pedagogic approaches will be used including lectures, tutorials and web-based activities. The assignments are designed to cater for different learning styles and to cumulatively develop the skills listed above.The tutorial assignments develop studentsÆ ability to access and analyse information using traditional and web-based approaches and to structure such information in a meaningful and logical way. The participative structure of the tutorials develops studentsÆ oral communication skills. The essay and examination structure facilitates students to research and think about topics in some detail, critically analyse the various approaches and theories, access and apply the evidence,

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Denters, B. and Lawrence Rose (2005) Comparing Local Governance , Palgrave Macmillan

Other Relevant Texts:

Peter John (2001) Local Governance in Western Europe , Sage
Loughlin, J. (2001) Subnational Democracy in the European , Oxford University Press
Franzke, Jochen, Marcel Boogers, José M. Ruano, Linze Schaap (eds.) (2007) Tensions between Local Governance and Local Democracy, , Elsever

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