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Local responses to European Integration: patterns of Europe-related activities of German local governments

  • Europeanisation situates local governments in a constantly changing environment, bringing challenges, opportunities, and constraints. These circumstances raise the question, how local authorities adapt to the process of European integration, face its challenges, and use its diverse opportunity structures. The article explores four dimensions, through which Europeanisation hits the ground of local government: downloading, uploading, dissemi-nation, and horizontal networking. It examines the distribution of different types of Europe-related activities at the local level using data from a survey sent to all 396 independent cities, towns, and municipalities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our empirical analysis provides an overview of the most and least frequent Europe-related activities within the different types of local authorities. The findings of our multivariate analysis shows that next to the direct affectedness by Europeanisation, the municipalities’ capacities in terms of financial and institutional resources have a major influence on their efforts towards Europe.

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Author:Benjamin Gröbe, Stephan Grohs, Jan Porth
Parent Title (English):Local government studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Place of publication:Abingdon
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/08/15
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2023/02/27
Documents ordered by chairs:Lehrstuhl für Politikwissenschaft (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Grohs)
Access Rights:Zugriffsbeschränkt
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt