Division of Powers: Decentralisation in Europe

3 July 2019

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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), LSE Consulting and CASE-Poland collaborated with the CoR to deliver an update of the Division of Powers website. 

The Division of Powers tool provides an overview of levels of political, administrative and fiscal decentralisation in all EU member states, (potential) candidate countries, and Eastern Partnership and Union for the Mediterranean countries.

It shows the legal bases for the various governance structures in the respective countries. Quantitative and qualitative data allow for cross-national comparisons in key policy areas. 

There are different types of decentralisation included in the tool:

  • Political decentralisation covers the delegation of political power to subnational governments.
  • Administrative decentralisation involves the transfer of competences in specific areas from central to regional or local administrations.
  • Fiscal decentralisation refers to the redistribution of budgetary resources from central to local governments including: grants from central to local government, which may be earmarked for specific purposes; shared resources, such as shared revenues from income taxation; and local taxes and fees that are raised autonomously, such as property taxation or parking fees.

>>   Click here to view our presentation for more interesting key trends

>>   Click here to visit the Division of Powers website