The Palgrave Handbook of Decentralisation in Europe

Editors: Ruano, Jose, Profiroiu, Marius (Eds.)

  • Looks at highly-topical, on-going processes of decentralisation and/or re-centralisation across Europe
  • Fills a gap in the field by being the first exhaustive handbook to fully focus on federal reforms
  • Offers a broad geographical coverage by analysing and comparing the cases of 19 European countries within and without the European Union
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About this book

This handbook provides an authoritative study of European decentralisation, taking into account, from a territorial perspective, the different political and administrative traditions in Europe (Continental, Anglo-Saxon and Ex-communist States) and the cleavages North-South and East-West. While in recent decades most European countries have implemented devolution policies trying to tackle different political, social or bureaucratic problems, some others have instead regionalised their territory, applied federal or pseudo-federal reforms and strengthened the role of subnational governments. This volume analyses decentralisation in these countries using different variables including history, territorial organisation, civil service and financing, and reveals how this phenomenon leads to complex intergovernmental linkages. The evolution of territorial decentralisation, the political tensions between centre and periphery, the autonomy of the subnational governments and their functions and competences, the tools of co-ordination and co-operation, and the features and role of civil service are the main issues studied here with an interdisciplinary approach.

About the authors

José M. Ruano is Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. He is currently Vice-President of the European association Entretiens Universitaires Réguliers pour l’Administration en Europe (EUROPA), President of its Scientific Committee, and member of the Permanent Study Group on Local Governance and Democracy in the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA).

Marius Profiroiu is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Public Management and Administration of the Economic Studies Academy (ASE) of Romania and President of the Association of National Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Western Europe (NISPAcee).

Reviews

“This Handbook presents important and timely information as it covers decentralisation in long standing democracies as well as emerging democracies. The lessons learned are useful to countries through the world and should be required reading for students of comparative democracies.” (Maria P. Aristigueta, University of Delaware, USA)

“The book is stimulating, bringing together different aspects and cases of decentralization in Europe. The interesting findings make the book a significant contribution for academics and students, as well as public sector policymakers.” (Hanna Vakkala, University of Lapland, Finland)

“Through a comparison of 17 countries, this volume helps to identify, analyse and evaluate the contradictory decentralisation trends in Europe by help of modern scientific approaches such as network and multilevel governance, different forms of steering administrations and new forms of democracy at subnational level. For researchers, students and practitioners who want to learn more about the decentralisation trends in Europe, this book is highly recommended.” (Jochen Franzke, University of Potsdam, Germany)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Process of Decentralisation in Europe

    Savy, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Birds of the Same Feather: Federalism and Decentralisation in Germany

    Heinz, Dominic

    Pages 15-45

  • Federalism and Decentralisation in Belgium

    Husson, Jean-François (et al.)

    Pages 47-75

  • Functional Federalism in a Complex State: The Case of Spain

    Ruano, José M.

    Pages 77-101

  • Constitutional Reform and Territorial Organisation in Italy

    Bettoni, Giuseppe

    Pages 103-122

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32437-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32436-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Decentralisation in Europe
Editors
  • Jose Ruano
  • Marius Profiroiu
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32437-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32437-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32436-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 512
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