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Local Governance in Western Europe

Local Governance in Western Europe

First Edition

December 2001 | 202 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 policy. At the books core is the perceived transition from local government to local governance. This key development is traced thematically across a wide range of West European state including: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Local Governance in Western Europe will be essential reading for all students and academics of government, public policy, public administration, public management, and urban and regional studies.

From Local Government to Local Governance
Local Government Systems in Western Europe
Local Regimes in Western Europe
The Europeanization of Sub-National Governance
Privatization and the New Public Management
Institutional Formation and Regionalism
Leadership and the Local Executive
Renewing Local Democracy

`Its strength lies in combining theoretical insights with an impressive range of empirical material. The analysis is subtle and multi-layered.... This is a timely and important book' - Political Studies

`Local governance have gained massive attention among scholars and practitioners during the past several years. Peter John's book fills a void in the literature by tracing the historical roots of local governance and by placing his findings in a comparative perspective' - Professor Jon Pierre, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

`Peter John has produced a fascinating and stimulating book in which he assesses current developments in urban politics and local government in Europe and suggests how these changes are leading to different patterns of sub-national territorial politics in the EU today. What he has to say is of important interest to all students of local government; comparative politics and of territorial politics more generally' - Michael Goldsmith, University of Salford

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