The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government conducts a rigorous, innovative and distinctive analysis of local government within a comparative, international context.
Examining the subject matter with unrivalled breadth and depth, this handbook shows how different cultures and countries develop different institutions, structures and processes over time, yet that all have some features in common – the most obvious of which is the recognition that some decisions are better made, some services better delivered, and some engagement with the state better organised if there is structured organisational expression of the importance of the local dimension of all these factors .
Thematically organised, it includes contributions from international experts with reference to the wider context in terms of geographies, local government modes, recent developments and possible further lines of research. It has a wide academic appeal internationally and will steer a course between the two dimensions of mono-jurisdictional studies and ‘cataloguing’ forms of comparison.
The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government will be essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research on local government.
"This Handbook will undoubtedly become a key reference source for scholars of local government across the world. The editors are to be congratulated on highlighting in detail many distinctive elements of local government structure and process, across many international boundaries and national cultures. They demonstrate the importance of understanding how local government, despite its many tensions with central and regional government, continues to play a major role in most countries in delivering a wide range of essential public services, providing key social facilities, and regulating many aspects of social life to improve quality of life outcomes." - Tony Bovaird, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
"This book fills an important gap in the field of public administration by providing administrators with a wealth of perspectives, knowledge and best practices in local government from around the globe. It successfully expands the often "one nation" perspective of our field to capitalize on the experiences of the international public administration community. It will be equally attractive to political science students interested in comparative and international politics." – John Kiefer, University of New Orleans, USA