Local governance reform in global perspective

Local governance reform in global perspective

Enormous reform activity of national and local government systems around the world took place since the 1990s. The reforms were started out of different basic conditions, because of different reasons, with different targets and get noticeable in different results and effects. This book compares and contrasts developments and reforms in European countries and in some developing countries. Besides the European analysis, which focuses on France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom, continent-wide developments of developing countries by using relevant country studies are presented. This comparative approach concentrates on „developing countries“ in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The thematic focus lies on the duality of „good local governance“. On the one hand, democratic regimes gain input legitimacy by responsiveness and by being inclusive towards the preferences of their citizens. On the other hand, they achieve output legitimacy by effectively delivering public goods and services. Their governance strategies follow three major paths – „decentralisation“, „political administrative reforms“ and „participatory reforms“. But national contexts, actors, political culture and path dependency matter a lot.

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erschienen in: 
Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2009, 197 S.
ISBN: 
978-3-531-16953-8
Jahr: 
2009
Bestellnummer: 
A 414 270