Decentralisation and Enhancing the Local Government Capacity in Serbia Cover Image

Decentralizacija i jačanje kapaciteta lokalnih vlasti u Srbiji
Decentralisation and Enhancing the Local Government Capacity in Serbia

Author(s): Snežana Đorđević
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Hrvatsko politološko društvo
Keywords: decentralisation; democratisation; modernisation; local self-government; network of local government; competences; funding; management; provision of services; citizen participation; openness of government

Summary/Abstract: This paper provides a review of the process of decentralisation in Serbia from 2000 to 2011, bearing in mind that this process should at the same time be a process of enhancing the local government capacity. The paper traces the transformation of each of the essential factors of the autonomy of local government and its managerial potentials: its constitutional and legal status, elections and the model of the organisation of government, competences, funding, provision of services, citizen participation, and the relationship between the state and local self-government. This complex process is time-consuming, requires upgrading knowledge and skills at all levels of government (local government in particular), a commitment of the political elite to democratic values, and is closely tied to increasing the level of democratic political culture.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 179-202
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Serbian