Representing territorial diversity: the role of local government associations

“This paper argues that local government associations (LGAs) form a key element in central–local relations. They contribute towards defending local discretion through their three roles: as the collective voices of local authorities; as countervailing public-interest groups; and as feedback mechanisms for central government actors.”

LGAs are understood as hybrid organizations and their role and influence analyzed in terms of (1) their relationship with central government; (2) their capacity to manage the dilemmas of collectively representing territorial heterogeneity; and (3) the extent of competition from other political and functional interests. These roles are studied by comparing LGAs in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

Published in Regional Studies | Dennis de Widt | 2018,,