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The International Relations of Local Authorities

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

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Fabio Zucca

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.

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Abbreviations ....................................................................................... 11 Preface .................................................................................................. 15 Mercedes Bresso Presentation.......................................................................................... 19 Maurizio Degl’Innocenti Introduction ......................................................................................... 41 PART I. BRING MUNICIPALITIES TOGETHER TO BRING EUROPE TOGETHER CHAPTER 1 The Birth of the European Local Autonomies Movement ............... 57 CHAPTER 2 Twinning. Act One for an International Political Role for Municipalities ................................................................................. 85 PART II. INTERNATIONAL ACTION CHAPTER 3 Twinnings for European Unity. The Case of Florence ................... 109 CHAPTER 4 The City of Turin’s International Initiatives and the First Twinning ...................................................................... 125 CHAPTER 5 Milan as a European City. Federalist Activities and Twinning ..... 139 CHAPTER 6 The Long March. The Representation of Local Institutions within European Institutions ............................................................ 165 References .......................................................................................... 185

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