LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

The politics of local development is gaining importance due to the fact that numerous countries today are facing problems with regard to their undeveloped and poorly developed regions. In addition to the existing national programs, what is also being endorsed are the complementary, locally-based approaches to development with pressures originating from below, especially where there is a need to answer territorial and local challenges which demand structural changes.
 
Local development includes a multidimensional concept of changes which encompass the economic, social, cultural, spatial, environmental, and institutional dimensions. Local development is focused on improving the life quality of a local area, developing and preserving local values, overcoming market deficiencies, developing the capacities of local communities, stimulating innovations, strengthening cohesion, developing entrepreneurship, encouraging change, and discovering untapped potentials within a local region.
 
Researchers within this area are concerned with economic, social and institutional aspects of local development; they are involved in measuring local unity development, analyzing the politics behind local development and evaluating local programs, strategies and policies. In addition, a portion of their work is also focused on: consultancy for the private and public sector with the aim of gaining a better insight into the economic effects of the existing and proposed programs and policies, as well as on consultancy during the formulation of local politics, programs and strategies. In our research, we cooperate with other research institutions, with relevant participants of local development, ministries, local self-government units, local development agencies, international institutions, civil society organizations etc.

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WOS PAPERS (CC)

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  1. Impact assessment of entrepreneurial zones on local economic outcome Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, Ivana Rašić Bakarić and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2019, Economic Research - Ekonomska istraživanja, 32(1), pp. 3112-3127.
  2. City specialisation and diversification in South East Europe Countries (SEE) Rašić Bakarić, Ivana, Katarina Bačić and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2019, E & M - Ekonomie a Management, 2(22), pp.  4-21.
  3. The impact of the economic crisis and obstacles to investments at local level Slijepčević, Sunčana, 2018, Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, 55E, str. 62-79.
  4. Attitudes towards citizen participation in the local decision-making process: a comparative analysis Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2018, Društvena istraživanja, 27(1), pp. 155-175.
  5. Sources of productivity differentials in manufacturing in post-transition urban South-East Europe Post-Communist Economies Bačić, Katarina, Ivana Rašić Bakarić and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2018, Post-Communist Economies, 30(4), pp. 526-548.
  6. Limited fiscal autonomy of Croatian large cities Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, Sabina Hodžić and Emira Bečić, 2018, Lex Localis - Journal of Local Self-Government, 16 (1), pp. 107–128.
  7. The inquiry into the economic life of Croatian municipalities Rašić Bakarić, Ivana, Hrvoje Šimović and Maruška Vizek, 2014, Zbornik radova Ekonomskog fakulteta u Rijeci: časopis za ekonomsku teoriju i praksu, 32 (2), pp. 285–312.
  8. Can local governments in Croatia cope with more responsibilities Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, Sunčana Slijepčević and Željka Kordej-De Villa Lex Localis: Journal of Local Self-Government, 11 (3), pp. 471–497.

Other papers

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  1. E-Government Effectiveness and Efficiency in EU-28 and COVID-19 Hodžić, Sabina, Dejan Ravšelj and Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, 2021. Central European Public Administration Review, 19(1), pp. 159-180.
  2. Proračuni lokalnih jedinica vlasti Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, 2020., in Financije županija, gradova i općina / Bajo, Anto; Primorac, Marko (Ed.), Zagreb: Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Ekonomski fakultet, pp. 41-88.
  3. Local State–Society Relations in Croatia Koprić, Ivan, Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, Romea Toman Manojlović, Dario Ćepo i Sunčana Slijepčević, 2020., in Close Ties in European Local Governance: Linking Local State and Society  / Teles, Filipe, Gendźwiłł, Adam, Stănuș Cristina, Heinelt, Hubert (ur.), Cham: Palgrave Macmillan., pp. 73-89.
  4. Croatia's captured places : research report case studies on the quality of local governance in Croatia Hoffmann, Dražen, Nives Miošić-Lisjak, Duje Prkut, Dragan Zelić, Paul Stubbs, Berto Šalaj and Siniša Zrinščak, 2017. Zagreb : GONG.
  5. Financial aspects of urban transport Grubišić Šeba, Mihaela, 2017. In H. Yaghoubi (Ed.), Urban transport systems, pp. 171-190. Rijeka, InTech.
  6. The islands and their potential Starc, Nenad, 2016. In  M. Zelić (Ed.), Croatian national resources, pp. 249-258. Zagreb : Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  7. Combating fiscal constraints for PPP development Grubišić Šeba, Mihaela, Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2014, Managerial Finance, 40 (11), pp. 1112–1130.
  8. Taxing immovable property: basic features and application of immovable property in Croatia and other EU countries Rašić Bakarić, Ivana, 2014, Ekonomski pregled: mjesečnik Hrvatskog društva ekonomista Zagreb, 65 (5), pp. 385–415.
  9. The economic performance of Croatian cities – statistical analysis Rašić Bakarić, Ivana, Hrvoje Šimović and Maruška Vizek, 2014, Ekonomski pregled: mjesečnik Hrvatskog društva ekonomista Zagreb, 65 (2), pp. 115–138.
  10. The impact of the global crisis on fiscal imbalance and local economic development in Croatia Slijepčević, Sunčana, 2014, in Contemporary trends and prospects of economic recovery / Angelova, Biljana; Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka; Redžepagić, Srđan (eds.), Nice, France: CEMAFI International, pp. 696–714.
  11. The gender gap among local representatives: a potential for local development? Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, Sunčana Slijepčević and Josip Šipić, 2013, in Local councillors in Europe / Egner, Björn; Sweeting, David; Klok, Pieter-Jan (eds.), Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 181–202.
  12. Identifying key obstacles for performance measurement at the sub-national level in Croatia Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2012, Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava, 12 (4), pp. 1117–1156.
  13. The role of cities in regional development: case of Croatia Rašić Bakarić, Ivana, Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2012, in Local self-government in city management and development: cities in the XXI century / Šećerov, Velimir; Radosavljević, Zoran; Đorđević, Aleksandar; Marić, Miroslav (eds.), Belgrade: Serbian Spatial Planners Association, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, pp. 89–102.
  14. The role of councillors in urban management and development in Croatia Alibegović, Dubravka Jurlina and Sunčana Slijepčević, 2010, Croatian and comparative public administration, 10(2), pp. 399-426.
  15. Governance and local economic development: in search of an appropriate governance structure for Croatia Sumpor, Marijana, Jelena Šišinački and Ivana Rašić Bakarić, 2007, in Local innovations for growth in Central and Eastern Europe / Giguere, Sylvain (ed.), Paris, France: OECD, pp. 155–173.

Projects

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  1. The role of local and regional units in achieving the sustainable development goals, 2019–2023 Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
  2. Optimization of Local and Regional Self-Government System, 2021–2022 Commissioned by: Ministry of Justice and Public Administration
    Project manager: Ivana Rašić
  3. Smart City indicators: A tool for strategic management in Croatian large cities – Smart City, (Tvoj Grant@EIZ), 2018 Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb; TvojGrant@EIZ
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
  4. Identification of competitive and collaborative advantages and development potentials of the Town of Vukovar, 2018 Commissioned by: Fund for Reconstruction and Development of the Town of Vukovar
    Project managers: Marijana Sumpor, Irena Đokić
  5. Impact assessment of promoting the development of entrepreneurial zones in the Republic of Croatia through the ministry responsible for entrepreneurial infrastructure on economic results in local self-government units - Entrepreneurial zones, 2018 Commissioned by: The Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
  6. Scientific-research project on spatial-economic aspects of revitalization and reindustrialisation of the City of Vukovar, 2017–2018 Commissioned by: Fund for Reconstruction and Development of the City of Vukovar
    Project manager: Goran Buturac
  7. Comparative analysis of fiscal autonomy of large cities: case studies of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017 (Tvoj grant@EIZ) Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
  8. ISCH COST Action IS1207: Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison, 2013–2017 Commissioned by: European Union through COST Programme (COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović (EIZ member)
  9. Basic premise for elaboration of Development strategy of Zagreb urban agglomeration – economic aspects (SUAZ), 2016 Commissioned by: City of Zagreb – City Office for the Strategic Planning and Development of the City of Zagreb (Office)
    Project manager: Irena Đokić
  10. City specialization and labor productivity in Southeast Europe – BaRaBaS, 2015–2016 Commissioned by: The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), The Czech Republic
    Project managers: Ivana Rašić Bakarić, Sunčana Slijepčević, Katarina Bačić
  11. Moderation of workshops in the process of preparing the Development Strategy of the City of Zagreb 2020, 2013 Commissioned by: City of Zagreb – City Office for the Strategic Planning and Development of the City of Zagreb (Office)
    Project manager: Irena Đokić
  12. Consulting services in strategic planning, 2013 Commissioned by: City of Zagreb – City Office for the Strategic Planning and Development of the City of Zagreb (Office)
    Project manager: Irena Đokić
  13. Analysis of attitudes of councillors in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and recommendations for local economic development, 2013 Commissioned by: Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
    Project manager: Sunčana Slijepčević
  14. Development programme for the City of Benkovac 2012 – 2016, 2011–2012 Commissioned by: City of Benkovac
    Project manager: Nenad Starc
  15. Background paper for efficient decentralisation in Croatia, 2010 Commissioned by: National Association of Croatian Counties
    Project manager: Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović
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