This book focuses on one particular aspect of the post-communist transformations in the East-Central European countries. In studying the local government reforms, it evaluates achievements with the traditional yardsticks for local government performance: democracy, efficiency, and autonomy.
1. Local Democracy: The Challenges of Institution-Building 2. New Institutions of Local Government: A Comparison 3. Political Culture and Citizen Involvement 4. Elites and Parties 5. Policies: Privatizing, Def ending the Local Welfare State, or Wishful Thinking? 6. Functions of the Executive: Power, Leadership, and Management 7. Virtuous Circles: Local Democracy in a Post-Communist Environment