Local Self-Government or Local Co-Governance?
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Original versionRøiseland, A. (2010). Local self-government or local co-governance? Lex Localis, 8(2), 133-145. doi: 10.4335/8.2.133-145(2010) 10.4335/8.2.133-145(2010)
This article discusses “local self-government”, a core concept in a Charter of the Council of Europe, and it departs from the debate in the Norwegian Parliament about constitutional protection of local self-government. Such a change has recently been voted down, and this serves as an opportunity to question the idea about local self-government in a time when there are claims about a shift from government to governance. The article provides some examples of co-governance in Norway, and argues that the meaning given by “local self-government” is not obvious. It also points to some possible issues in a future revision of the Charter mentioned above.