Twenty Years of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Slovenia: A Success Story?

  • Iztok Rakar Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: reform, local self–government, inter–municipal cooperation, financial resources, Slovenia


In the approximately two and a half decades since 1990, Slovenia has undergone a series of unprecedented historical events and has often been characterised as a success story. The author focuses on the assessment of the development of Slovenian local self-government in the light of the provisions on subsidiarity and financial autonomy set out in the European Charter of Local Self-Government (ECLSG). The reasons for the implementation gap are discussed and the broader political context is explained.