Federalism and Local Administration

ladpu2630  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Federalism and Local Administration
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course relates in particular to: - Legislation regulating local political institutions - The application of the legislation - The local competences and services taking place in various fields of Public Action
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course aims at: Giving the student a specific knowledge of the work of local institutions within the Belgian federal system, Bring students to reflect on the principles of local autonomy, its basic principals, its implications and its ef-fectiveness, Bring students to reflect on the way local communities contribute to establishing public policies at the fed-eral or federate level.
ATTENTION PLEASE: this is taught primarily in English
In this course we study public administration in federal systems, focusing on Belgium—but is Belgium actually a federation? We think about Belgium's regions, communities, local collectivities, and the "idea" of Belgium itself. How are the different governments working or not working? Do they have the appropriate competences, funding, structures, and decision-making processes? Are further state reforms necessary for stability or are they political motivated for instability? Finally, we place Belgium within the European and international contexts.
Teaching methods
Interactive seminars based on a range of materials
Evaluation methods
Leading at least one class activity (various options and support provided). Final group paper with "at home" work and which can be submitted after the conclusion of teaching activities.
Other information
English is the primary medium and the basis for evaluation (French may possibly be an option, but evaluations can be completed entirely in English). Some knowledge of Belgian public law may be beneficial, but not required.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General