Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series Specifics of Local Self-Government and Local Leaders in Slovenia Speaker is Simona Kukovič, University of Ljubljana

Slovenia is one of the very few countries in the European Union with a one-tier local government system, and while fragmentation of municipalities has been on the rise for the last two decades (from 62 municipalities in 1990 to 212 municipalities in 2014), relations between the national government on the one side and local units (municipalities) on the other have slowly deteriorated, especially over questions of municipal competencies, central oversight and the national government financing of local communities. On the other hand reforms that spread throughout Europe have brought different streams that have reorganized the structures of local authorities. Reform impact was especially strong on local political leadership, which is key element in the functioning of local authorities. Per POLLEADER typology Slovenia is located in the Central East European group of countries with executive mayors, but the detailed analysis shows that during the reforms several elements deriving from Southern European local government traditions were introduced in the Slovenian local self-government system.

The research seminar paper discusses the role and position of directly elected strong mayors in Slovenian deferential local self-government system, who have strong influence and control over municipal administration and are also deeply involved in the every- day functioning of the municipal administration. Furthermore, the paper focuses on specifics (such as incumbency, re-election, seniority as well as non-partisan affiliation) of Slovenian local leaders. Dr. Simona Kukovič is Assistant Professor and Researcher at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (teaching undergraduate and graduate courses: "Local Self-Government", "Leadership Theory", "Introduction to Public Administration", "Political System of Slovenia" and "Contemporary Approaches to Management"). She was visiting researcher at De Montfort University, Local Governance Research Unit in 2015 and Alexander Dubček University Trenčin, Slovakia, in 2016 and 2017. She is also Teacher Tutor at CoDe Master programme in Comparative Local Development. She is visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (spring semester 2018). She is general editor of Journal of Comparative Politics ( Her research focus encompasses local political leadership, comparative local government systems, local democracy and participation, public (political and administrative)

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: ORB_156
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Stefanie Wojtek
021 490 2770

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