The International Relations of Local Authorities

From Institutional Twinning to the Committee of the Regions: Fifty Years of European Integration History

by Fabio Zucca (Author)
©2013 Monographs 219 Pages
Series: Euroclio, Volume 72


This book examines the innovative and supportive role that the Council of European Municipalities and Regions has played in the process of European integration, focusing on the idea of a federal state centred on municipalities, the basis of Western democracy.
The author’s analysis considers the twinning of cities within Europe to be a political action that will lead to a Europe for its citizens. He argues that the global financial crisis could lead to the break-up of the European unification process and that the way to deal with this challenge is to give local authorities greater involvement in decision-making processes.
The book is the result of research in little known and rarely consulted archives and brings significant new information into the academic sphere. This focus on the local level is increasingly relevant, offering new perspectives on current issues within European integration and explaining the dynamics of a process still under way.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (December)
democracy financial crisis unification
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 219 pp.

Biographical notes

Fabio Zucca (Author)

Fabio Zucca holds the Jean Monnet Chair in the History of European Integration at the University of Insubria, Varese. He is director of both the Historical Archive and the Interdepartmental Centre of Research and Documentation on Twentieth-Century History at the University of Pavia. He combines his research on the history of European integration with locally based activities in support of the establishment of the United States of Europe. He is currently Mayor of Belgioioso and a member of the national council of AICCRE, the Italian branch of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. He holds the title of Ufficiale dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana in recognition of his academic and administrative achievements.


Title: The International Relations of Local Authorities