86434 - Local Government (Italian - Spanish Law Individual Study Plan)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

    Also valid for Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

Course contents

The evolution of local governments system from the Costitution od 1948 until nowadays

The subjects of local government: municipalities, intermunicipal associations, provinces and metropolitan cities.

The organs of local government and the local administration.

Local administrative functions and public local services.

Relationship between local authorities and citizens, the forms of participation, administrative simplification and transparency.

Local authorities between State and Regions: tools and methods of coordination.

Local government in a comparative perspective.

The local system reforms.


L. Vandelli, Il sistema delle autonomie locali, Bologna, Il Mulino, latest edition, 2021 (ed. Claudia Tubertini).

Others alternative textbooks must be updated to law no. 56/2014.

During the course it will be furnished integrative didactic materials.

Teaching methods

The course is organized with lectures taught in presence in the frist semester and on-line; during the lessons, the debate will be stimulated with the teacher and among the students, even with the participation of qualified experts.


Integrative lessons

Check periodically the teacher website or the SPISA ( Scuola di Specializzazione in Studi sull'Amministrazione Pubblica ) website (www.spisa.unibo.it) for suggestions about relevant seminars, conferences and other useful materials.

Final dissertation

Students interested in undertaking their final dissertation in local government law shall firstly contact the professor in the indicated consulting hours. That will be the occasion to discuss with the professr about the research projects they have a personal interest into. Once the professor has finally approved or proposed a topic, students are registered in a list held by her assistants, who can be contacted in their respective consulting hours. Usually each student is assigned to a supervisor. When ready, the final paper shall be approved by the professor.

Assessment methods

The students’ knowledge is assessed through a discussion, to evaluate the actual achievement of the learning outcomes. The exam consists in an interview with the appointed commission on the topics included in the programme. For the students who have regularly attended the lessons, the examination will concern particularly the matters faced during the lessons or a paper about a matter proposed by the student.

The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the relevant institutional framework, the ability to analyse doctrinal and jurisprudential opinions and, to single out connections between the relevant topics, to critical reasoning, as well as the clarity of presentation and critical thinking.

In case of request, a anticipated date of exam will be developed for these students.

It si recommended to Erasmus students to contact the teacher to arrange possible adaptations to the program of examination

Teaching tools

Didactive materials (presentations and integrative references and reading) will be available on the dedicated website.


It is recommended to use the materials provided by Pandoracampus website (www.pandoracampus.it), to support the text.

Office hours

See the website of Claudia Tubertini


Sustainable cities Peace, justice and strong institutions

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.