Local Governance in Western Europe

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SAGE, Dec 20, 2001 - Political Science - 202 pages
This text provides a comprehensive introduction to local government and urban politics in contemporary Western Europe. It is the first book to map and explain the significant processes of change characterizing local government systems and to place these in a genuinely comparative context.

Students are introduced to the traditional structures and institutions of local government and shown how these have been transforming in response to increased economic and political competition, new ideas, institutional reform and the Europeanization of public policies in Europe.

At the books core is the perceived transition from local government to local governance. This key development is traced thematically across a w

 

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Contents

CONTENTS
2
From Local Government to Local Governance
3
Local Government Systems in Western Europe
25
Local Regimes in Western Europe
40
The Europeanization of Subnational Governance
61
Privatization and the New Public Management
93
Institutional Formation and Regionalism
109
Leadership and the Local Executive
134
Renewing Local Democracy
154
Conclusions
167
References
176
Index
197
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Peter John is Reader in the School of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of Analysing Public Policy (London, Cassell, 1998)