Subnational governments play a significant role in ensuring good public governance.
The way that they are organised and function has a direct impact on the economic and
social well-being of citizens and public trust in government. This report presents
the system of multi-level government in the six Western Balkan economies, comparing
them both with one another and in the context of broader international trends in multi-level
governance. The report covers territorial and institutional organisation, competences
of local governments, human resources and accountability, public financial management
and vertical and horizontal co-ordination, in each case identifying key characteristics
and recent trends.