The quality and nature of local government varies widely between countries. This introductory text looks at the workings of local government in England and Wales, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Canada and the USA. The chapters have a similar format so the student has a framework for systematic comparisons of the different case studies and a comprehensive conclusion summarises major differences and relationships between the structures studied.
`The book is comprehensive and readable , and its synoptic structure makes it easy for readers to grasp similarities and differences between countries... this volume provides a range of essays rich in empirical evidence and theoretical considerations.' - Enrico Ercole, West European Politics
`... a useful volume... it is good to have a single volume which one can recommend to students looking for an outline of how local government works...' - Edward Page, Public Administration