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New Special Issue on Local Self-Governance published


Together with Antje Daniel (University of Vienna), Hans-Joachim Lauth and Eberhard Rothfuß (both LoSAM) have published a new Special Issue on "Local Self-Governance and Weak Statehood: A Convincing Liaison?" with „Politics & Governance“.

This thematic issue addresses the relationship between local self‐governance and the state. Self‐governance is understood as the rules that emerge in the local social and spatial context. Local self‐governance of individual local groups, actors, communities, and their social and institutional arrangements are considered. From this situated collective entanglement, the interactions and relations with state authorities are analysed in the various contributions embedded in local contexts of different world regions and based on empirical social science research containing mostly interdisciplinary approaches.

The nine case studies of this thematic issue reflect a variety of statehoods (weak to restrained), divers “intentionalities” of local self‐governance (emancipatory and democratic, socio‐economically, and socio‐culturally oriented, security‐driven or ecological), and their state‐locality entanglements range between four forms of relationships: mutually supportive, conflictual, ambivalent, and avoiding.

All contributions have been published OpenAccess and are therefore freely accessible. They can be found here: