Understanding Governance

Hybrid Governance in European Cities

Neighbourhood, Migration and Democracy

Authors: Skelcher, C., Sullivan, Helen, Jeffares, S.

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This wide-ranging study of three European cities shows how hybrid forms of governance emerge from the tensions between new ideas and past legacies, and existing institutional arrangements and powerful decision makers. Using detailed studies of migration and neighborhood policy, as well as a novel Q methodology analysis of public administrators.

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CHRIS SKELCHER is Professor of Public Governance, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham, UK. 
HELEN SULLIVAN is Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research and writing explores public policy practice in complex governance contexts, with a particular focus on the role of collaboration. Previous books include Working Across Boundaries with Chris Skelcher (2002).
STEPHEN JEFFARES is Roberts Research Fellow, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham, UK. He is interested in collaboration in local government, policy change and policy termination. Stephen's research applies social data analysis and Q methodology to map discussion and debate surrounding the contemporary public policies.

 

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This book offers a welcome engagement with the complexity of governance in modern cities as a result of global and local pressures, citizen demands and new uncertainties in the role of nation states. It is theoretically sophisticated, deconstructing the concept of hybridity and showing what happens as emerging practices challenge the conventionally defined boundaries of governance. It is also strongly empirically grounded, offering comparative research on particular urban places within Europe, and on particular policy spaces within them. As such it marks the turn to 'third generation' governance research, and will be of value both to academics, students and policy actors.

Janet Newman, Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Science, The Open University, UK.

'In this book, Skelcher, Sullivan and Jeffares present a critical analysis of the performance and accountability and democratic anchorage of networks and other hybrid organizations. Drawing on cross-national studies on policy networks, the authors demonstrate that hybrid organizations are not merely instruments, but also important arenas of governance. The book is an

important contribution to the third generation research on networks in

urban governance.'

- Jon Pierre, Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Gothenberg, Sweden.

Governance problems are without any doubt the most important and difficult challenges that urban governments face in modern society. Skelcher, Jeffares and Sullivan give a vivid and fascinating look at local governance practices in three large cities, Birmingham, Copenhagen and Rotterdam and the mixture of governance modes and cultures that can be found there. The comparison enables them to show us the contextual way governance solutions in cities evolve and are applied.

Erik-Hans Klijn is Professor in Public Administration, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hybrid Governance in European Cities
Book Subtitle
Neighbourhood, Migration and Democracy
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Governance
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31478-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137314789
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-27322-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-32371-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 190
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