Local and regional governments in Europe


This class is intended to draw students' attention to the importance of sub-national levels of government. Local and regional governments play a significant role both in public policymaking and in societal integration. Their influence has increased significantly with the decentralization/regionalization/federalization reforms, but also with the European construction and recent economic transformations. This class presents the theories that have sought to explain the relations between center and peripheries and the contribution of local and regional governments to public policies. We will also discuss the many waves of reform that have greatly modified the organization and powers of local and regional governments.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Cadiou S., Le pouvoir local en France, Grenoble, Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 2009.
  • Frinault T., Le pouvoir territorialisé en France, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012.
  • Goldsmith M., Page E. (dir.), Changing government relations in Europe: from localism to intergovernmentalism, Londres, Routledge, 2010.
  • Loughlin J., Hendriks F., Lidström A. (dir.), The Oxford handbook of local and regional democracy in Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Tronquoy P. (dir.), Les collectivités territoriales : trente ans de décentralisation, Cahiers français, Paris, La documentation française, n°362, mai-juin, 2011.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



Educational manager :
Pinson Gilles [+]