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Palgrave Macmillan

Comparing Local Governance

Trends and Developments

ISBN 9780333995556
Publication Date April 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Government Beyond the Centre

A broad-ranging assessment of continuities and change in local governance in the western industrialized world providing in-depth assessments by leading experts of a wide range of countries exemplifying between them the whole spectrum of types and models of local government systems and networks. A central focus is on the impact of public management reforms, new forms of community governance and changes in central-local relations.

BAS DENTERS is Professor of Urban Policy and Politics, University of Twente, The Netherlands

LAWRENCE E. ROSE is Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway

Preface
Local Governance in the Third Millennium: A Brave New World?; B.Denters & L.E.Rose
France: The Intermunicipal Revolution; O.Borraz & P.Le Galès
Italy: After the Storm; L.Bobbio
Belgium: The Changing World of Belgian Municipalities; Y.Plees
The Netherlands: In Search of Responsiveness; B.Denters & P.J.Klok
The Nordic Countries: Still the 'Promised Land'?; L.E.Rose & K.Ståhlberg
Poland: A Time of Transition; P.Swianiewicz
Germany: A New Type of Local Government; O.W.Gabriel & S.Eisenmann
Switzerland: Reforming Small Autonomous Municipalities; A.Ladner
The United Kingdom: An Increasingly Differentiated Polity?; D.Wilson
New Zealand: A Quantum Leap Forward?; G.Bush
Australia: Still a Tale of Cinderella?; C.Aulich
The United States: Executive Centred Politics; H.V.Savitch & R.K.Vogel
A New Intergovernmentalism?; M.Goldsmith
Toward Community Governance?; B Denters & L.E.Rose

CHRIS AULICH Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Government, University of Canberra, Australia
LUIGI BOBBIO Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Turin, Italy
OLIVIER BORRAZ Senior Research Fellow, Political Studies, Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand
GRAHAM BUSH Honorary Research Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand
SUSANNE EISENMANN Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party, Stuttgart Municipal Council, Stuttgard, Germany
OSCAR W. GABRIEL Professor and Head of the Comparative Politics Unit, Department of Social Sciences, University of Stuttgart, Germany
MIKE GOLDSMITH Professor of Politics and Director of CAMPUS, University of Salford, UK
PIETER-JAN KLOK Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands
ANDREAS LADNER Assistant Professor, Center of Competence in Public Management, University of Berne, Switzerland
PATRICK LE GALÈS Director of Research CNRS at CEVIPOF and Professor of Politics and Sociology, Sciences politiques Paris, France
YVES PLEES Fellow, Institute of Public Management, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
HANK V. SAVITCH Brown and Williamson Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
KRISTER STÅHLBERG Director of The Foundation of Swedish Culture in Finland, Selsingfors, Finland
PAWEL SWIANIEWICZ Associate Professor, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies, Warsaw University, Poland
RONALD K. VOGEL Professor of Political Science and Urban & Public Affairs, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
DAVID WILSON Professor of Public Administration and Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law, De Montfort University, UK

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'...an excellent addition to the 'Government Beyond the Centre' series and one that will be extremely useful to both academics and professionals wanting to understand how local governance is developing across the industralised world'. - Philip Catney, Political Studies Review "[P]rovides a succinct overview of contemporary local governance… [and] an excellent survey of recent… trends mostly within Europe but including some chapters on countries outside… All the chapters follow a similar format defined by the editors and all are written to a high level of quality." - John Loughlin, European Political Science
'[A] useful summary of recent developments in local government and... a valuable starting point for future comparative research.' - Sylvia Tijmstra, Environment and Planning
'This book is a gold mine for all those interested in comparative local politics.' - Herwig Reynaet, Acta Politics
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