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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Comparing Local Governance

Trends and Developments

ISBN 9780333995556
Publication Date April 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
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

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.


...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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