LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT:
Local Self-Government
Chair of Administrative Science
Local Self-Government
Study: Civil Law - 9. semester
Commercial Law - 9. semester
Constitutional-Administrative - 9. semester
Criminal Law - 9. semester
International Law - 9. semester
The European Union Law - 9. semester
Code: 61287
ECTS: 4.0
Course coordinators: prof. dr. sc. Ivan Koprić
prof. dr. sc. Gordana Marčetić
izv. prof. dr. sc. Vedran Đulabić
doc. dr. sc. Mihovil Škarica
Lecturers: dr. sc. Iva Lopižić - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Romea Manojlović Toman - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Tijana Vukojičić Tomić - Lectures
Basic data
Local Self-Government Civil Law - 9. semester
Commercial Law - 9. semester
Constitutional-Administrative - 9. semester
Criminal Law - 9. semester
International Law - 9. semester
The European Union Law - 9. semester
4.0 61287
Lecturer in charge Consultations Location
prof. dr. sc. Ivan Koprić

Fridays at 13:30-15:00h

Ćirilometodska 4, room soba 28/I. kat
prof. dr. sc. Gordana Marčetić

Thursdays at 13:30-15:00h

Ćirilometodska 4, room 26
izv. prof. dr. sc. Vedran Đulabić

Fridays at 13:00-14:30h

Ćirilometodska 4, room 29
doc. dr. sc. Mihovil Škarica

Tuesdays at 15:30-17:00h

Ćirilometodska 4, room 42
Lecturer Consultations Location
dr. sc. Iva Lopižić (Lectures)

Wednesdays at 15:00-16:30h

Ćirilometodska 4, room 43
doc. dr. sc. Romea Manojlović Toman (Lectures)

Thursdays 11.30-13h - until futher notice, the consultation hour is held online via Google Meet (link - https://meet.google.com/kkz-thpk-yhj?authuser=0&hs=122&ijlm=1599119171544) with mandatory prior contact by e-mail. 

Gundulićeva 10, room 21/3
doc. dr. sc. Tijana Vukojičić Tomić (Lectures)

Tuesdays at 15:30-17:00h

Gundulićeva 10, room Gundulićeva 10, soba Gundulićeva 10, soba 3b
Literature
Koprić I., Marčetić G., Musa A., Đulabić V., Lalić Novak G.; Upravna znanost - Javna uprava u suvremenom europskom kontekstu; Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu (2014), str. 247-318
Koprić, I.; Dvadeset godina lokalne i područne (regionalne) samouprave u Hrvatskoj: razvoj, stanje i perspektive. U: V. Đulabić (ur.) Lokalna samouprava i lokalni izbori; Institut za javnu upravu (2011), str. 3-64
Koprić I. Vukojičić-Tomić; Lokalni politički sustav nakon uvođenja neposrednog izbora načelnika - stanje i prijepori. U: I. Koprić (ur.) Reforma lokalne i regionalne samouprave u Republici Hrvatskoj; Pravni fakultet i Institut za javnu upravu (2013), str. 155-188
Marčetić, G.; Novo lokalno službeničko pravo i upravljanje ljudskim potencijalima u reformiranoj lokalnoj samoupravi. U: I. Koprić(ur.) Reforma lokalne i regionalne samouprave u Republici Hrvatskoj; Pravni fakultet i Institut za javnu upravu (2013), str. 189-218
Đulabić, V.; Položaj županija u statističkoj i političkoj regionalizaciji Hrvatske. U: I. Koprić (ur.) Dvadeset godina lokalne samouprave u Hrvatskoj; Institut za javnu upravu (2013), str. 183-200
Europska povelja o lokalnoj samoupravi; Narodne Novine
Ustav Republike Hrvatske (čl. 4, 133-138); Narodne Novine
Zakon o lokalnoj i područnoj (regionalnoj) samoupravi; Narodne Novine
Zakon o Gradu Zagrebu; Narodne Novine
Description
Conceptual issues:
Local self-government. Local administration. Local unit. Local community. Concepts of the role of local units: administrative decentralisation, political decentralisation, subsidiary principle, communal concept. Elements of the autonomy of local self-government units. Political decentralisation benefits. Concept of local self-government in Croatia. International acts on local self-government. The European Charter of Local Self-Government. The European charter of cities. The European charter of regional self-government.
Territorial basis of local self-government:
Principles of territorial division. Factors that influence territorial division. Dilemmas of the territorial division. General and special local units. Monotypical and polytypical structure (kinds of local units). Large and small local units (problem of size). Traditional and modern municipalities. Gradation and connection of local units. Criteria for determining the area of local units. Change of territorial division and the influence of local population. Comparative examples of territorial organisation. Territorial division in Croatia.

Local affairs:
Vertical demarcation of public affairs. Different European traditions of vertical demarcation. The meaning of the principle of subsidiarity for vertical demarcation. Legal techniques of determining the scope of local self-government: general clause and enumeration. Obligatory and facultative scope. Basic groups of local affairs. Municipal services. Innovations in performing local affairs. Market mechanisms and local public services. Regional affairs. Autonomy in performing self-government tasks. The difference between self-governing and transferred scope. The usual transferred scope. Legal techniques of transferring state administration tasks to local units. The transferred scope versus territorial branches of central state administration bodies. Local affairs in Croatia.

Management in local self-government:
Local bodies and process of managing the local unit. Forms of direct decision making of citizens (assemblies of all citizens, citizen councils, referendum, citizens- initiative). Institutions of citizens- participation in local affairs (decentralised bodies, co-opting of citizens, citizen associations). Local representative bodies: party systems, local electoral system, electoral right, the term of office, responsibility, structure, authority, manner of work. Executive level. Functions of the executive level. Types of the executive level: simple and developed monocratic type, committee type (and their variants). Contemporary trends in the election of local leadership: direct election of heads, municipal managers. Local administrative organisations: regulatory, co-ordinating, servicing. Local bodies in Croatia: representative bodies, individual and collegiate executive bodies, administrative organisations. Forms of direct democracy and citizen participation in the Croatian local self-government.

Relations between the central state and local self-government:
The principle of the relation between the state and local self-government. The means of the central bodies- influence on local self-government: legal regulation of local self-government, division of tasks, information, provision of aid, control, interventions, financial instruments. The control of the state bodies over local self-government. The control in the self-governmental and transferred scope. The control of general and particular acts. The control in financial matters. The control of the central executive power, courts and special bodies (ombudsman). The protection of local self-government. Constitutionalisation of local self-government - the right of citizens on local self-government. Representation of local interests in central state bodies. Court protection, constitutional court protection, ombudsman for local self-government, control mechanisms of the Council of Europe. Central-local relations in Croatia.

Decentralisation and social processes:
Local self-government and globalisation. The role of local institutions in the world that is integrating and undergoing globalisation. The influence of urbanisation on decentralisation. Urbanisation and the development of cities (counter-urbanisation, localisation, industrial urbanisation, continued urbanisation and metropolitanisation). Cities and their specific problems in the local self-government system. Large cities and capitals. Regionalism, regional self-government, regionalisation and multilevel governance. The European Union and regionalisation. Regional units in the view of regional policy of the EU. European integration and harmonisation of local self-government. The activity of the Council of Europe, European Union and other international subjects. Ethnicity and local self-government: minority self-government.

The decentralisation process:
The comparative overview of the decentralisation processes. Decentralisation and contemporary reforms of the public administration. Decentralisation in continental Western European countries. Decentralisation in Anglo-Saxon countries. Decentralisation in countries in transition. Decentralisation as a global process. Policy and implementation of decentralisation. Decentralisation strategy. Aims of decentralisation. The programme and detailed plan of decentralisation. Legal foundations of decentralisation. Bodies and subjects for the implementation of decentralisation. Phases of the decentralisation process. Suppositions of a successful decentralisation. Decentralisation risks.

The decentralisation process in Croatia:
The development of local self-government on the Croatian territory. Initial legal regulation of the right on local self-government in the beginning of 1990s. Changes in the regulations in the beginning of 2000s. Conceptual changes: from the system of local self-government and government to the system of local and regional self-government. The development of territorial structure. The change in the scope of local tasks and authorities. Changes of local representative bodies and their relations. The development of central-local relations. The assessment of the situation and the perspective of decentralisation in Croatia.
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