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Title The Palgrave handbook of decentralisation in Europe / Jose Manuel Ruano, Marius Profiroiu, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Subject Decentralization in government -- Europe.
Public administration -- Europe.
Alt Name Ruano de la Fuente, José Manuel,
Profiroiu, Marius,
Description 1 online resource
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Summary 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.
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Contents Notes on Contributors; List of Figures ; List of Tables; 1: The Process of Decentralisation in Europe; Decentralisation: A Requirement of Democracy; Decentralisation: A Condition of Good Administration; 2: Birds of the Same Feather: Federalism and Decentralisation in Germany; Recent History of Decentralisation ; Post-Second World War and German Unification; German Unification and Federal Reforms; Territorial Structure; Civil Service; Financing; Conclusions; Bibliography; 3: Federalism and Decentralisation in Belgium; Recent History of the Decentralisation Process.
Amenager: To Organise the Territory Historical Changes and Redefinition of Constitutional Balances; Towards the "New Regional Policy"; Public Administration Operation and Financing; Advantages and Disadvantages: Towards a Geopolitical View?; A New Reform: The National Interest Before the Local Interest; Conclusions; Bibliography; 6: Fragmentation and Central Control: Competing Forces in a Disunited Kingdom; Preamble; The Recent History of Decentralisation; The Origins of a Differentiated (Asymmetric) UK; England: Historically Dominant; Wales: An Integrated Princedom.
Local Government Result in the National Accounts Conclusions; Appendix 1. Brief Summary of Who Is (Mostly) Competent for What and Where?; Bibliography; 4: Functional Federalism in a Complex State: The Case of Spain; Preamble; Recent History of Decentralisation; The Territorial Organisation; Creation and Evolution of the Autonomous Communities; The Role of Local Governments; Civil Service; Financing of the Public Administrations; Conclusions; Bibliography; 5: Constitutional Reform and Territorial Organisation in Italy; Decentralisation in Italy: Recent History and Motives.
Scotland: An Ancient Kingdom Ireland: A British Colony; Evolution(s) in the Regions; Northern Ireland: Civil War, Centralisation and a New Devolution; Scotland and Wales: Democratic Devolution; England: Changes in Regional Governance; Territorial Structure; Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; England; Inter-governmental Relations; Public Officials; Finance; Local Government Financial Arrangements; Regional/National Government Financial Arrangements; Conclusions; Bibliography; 7: Decentralisation in France: A Principle in Permanent Evolution.
Territorial Structure The Federal State; The Communities and the Regions; Coordination; The High Council of Finance; The Coordination Committee ("Comite de concertation"); The Inter-ministerial Conference on Finance and Budget; Provinces ; Municipalities; Supra-Communal Cooperation; Constitutional Court; Civil Service; Financing; General Overview: Receipts, Expenditures and Overall Balance; Communities and Regions; Funding Mechanisms ; Expenditures; Local Government; Operating Receipts; Operating Expenditures; Investment Budgets.
ISBN 9783319324371 (electronic bk.)
3319324373 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 964698704
Additional Format Print version: Palgrave handbook of decentralisation in Europe. 9783319324364 (OCoLC)967152439.

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