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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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AEBR Association of European Border Regions AEG Archives d’État de la République et Canton de Genève AER Assembly of European Regions ACCE, Strasbourg Archives centrales du Conseil de l’Europe, Strasbourg ACCRE, Paris Archives of the Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe, Paris ACCRE, Roissy Archives of the Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe, Roissy AFCCE Association Française du Conseil des Communes d’Europe AFCCRE Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe AFCCRE, Orléans Archives Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe, Orléans AFE Associazione federalisti europei AICCE Associazione italiana per il Consiglio dei comuni d’Europa AICCRE Associazione italiana per il Consiglio dei comuni e delle regioni d’Europa AMFE, Torino Archives of the Movimento Federalista Europeo, Torino ANCI Associazione Nazionale Comuni d’Italia ASCFI Archivio storico del Comune di Firenze AST Archivio storico della città di Torino ASUPv Archivio Storico dell’Università degli Studi di Pavia AUSE Associazione universitaria di studi europei AVCL Association villes et communes luxembourgeoises CALRE Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies CECC Communauté européenne de crédit communal 12 CEM Council of European Municipalities CEMR Council of European Municipalities and Regions CFFE Comité français pour la fédération européenne CIFE Centre international de formation européenne CIME Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo CLRA Congress of Local and Regional Authorities CoR Committee of Regions CPRM Conference of European Peripheral Maritime Regions CRIE Centro di ricerca sull’integrazione europea, University of Siena CSF...

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