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Title Local public sector reforms in times of crisis : national trajectories and international comparisons / edited by Sabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]

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Series Governance and public management
Governance and public management series.
Subject Local government -- Europe.
Public administration.
Alt Name Kuhlmann, Sabine,
Bouckaert, Geert,
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface; Contents; Notes on Contributors; List of Figures ; List of Tables; Chapter 1: Introduction: Comparing Local Public Sector Reforms: Institutional Policies in Context; Background and Objectives; Conceptualizing Local Public Sector Reforms; External Administrative Reforms; Internal Administrative Reforms; Democratic Reforms; Comparative Approach: Institutional Policies in Context; Context Conditions of Reforms; Country Clusters of Public Administration and Local Government Systems; Overview of This Volume; Notes; References.
Part I: Re-Scaling Local Governance: Amalgamation, Cooperation, Territorial ConsolidationChapter 2: A Comparative Analysis of Amalgamation Reforms in Selected European Countries; Introduction; Framework for the Analysis of Amalgamation Reforms; Objectives; Strategies; Patterns of Conflict and Implementation; Outcome; Development of the Municipal Structure and Amalgamation Strategies; Objectives; Patterns of Conflict and Implementation; Outcomes; Correlations Between Different Phases of the Reform Process; Conclusions; References.
Chapter 3: Explaining Trajectories of Municipal Amalgamations: A Case Comparison of the Netherlands and FlandersIntroduction; Analytical Framework and Research Design; Divergent Trajectories of Municipal Amalgamations; Incremental Change vs. Large Waves; Socio-Economic Forces; Austerity Governments and Policy in Times of Crisis; Political System; Deep-Structural Features of the Government System: Consensus vs. Consensus in the Making; Decentralization of Tasks; Local Politics and Identity; Elite Decision Making; Why Are Amalgamations Desirable?; External Pressure by the Central Government.
Change EventsAdministrative System; A Bottom-Up Process?; Intermunicipal Cooperation: An Alternative and/or a First Step?; Conclusion and Discussion; Note; References; Chapter 4: What Causes Municipal Amalgamation Reform? Rational Explanations Meet Western European Experiences, 2004-13; Introduction; When to Expect Amalgamation Reform; Driving Factors; Filtering Factors; Findings; Amalgamation Reforms; Predictions Versus Findings; Concluding Discussion; Correct Model, Wrong Measurements?; The Dependent Variable: Amalgamation Reforms; Appendix; References.
Chapter 5: Does Inter-Municipal Cooperation Lead to Territorial Consolidation? A Comparative Analysis of Selected European Cases in Times of CrisisLocal Governments, Size, and IMC; Pros and Cons of the IMC and Its Types; Comparative Analysis of the IMC in Brandenburg, Slovakia, and Slovenia; Municipal Territorial Structures; Reasons for Development; Legal Frameworks; IMC Forms; Impacts; Conclusions; References; Part II: Managerial Reforms: From Weberian Bureaucracy to Performance Management?
Summary This book compares the trajectories and effects of local public sector reform in Europe and fills a research gap that has existed so far in comparative public administration and local government studies. Based on the results of COST research entitled, 'Local Public Sector Reforms: an International Comparison', this volume takes a European-scale approach, examining local government in 28 countries. Local government has been the most seriously affected by the continuously expanding global financial crisis and austerity policies in some countries, and is experiencing a period of increased reform activity as a result. This book considers both those local governments which have adopted or moved away from New Public Management (NPM) modernization to 'something different' (what some commentators have labelled 'post-NPM'), as well as those which have implemented 'other-than-NPM measures', such as territorial reforms and democratic innovations. -- Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 6, 2016).
ISBN 9781137525482 (electronic bk.)
1137525487 (electronic bk.)
1349707244
9781349707249
9781137525475
1137525479
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-52548-2
OCLC # 957464797
Additional Format Print version: Local public sector reforms in times of crisis. London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016] 9781137525475 1137525479 (OCoLC)944474191