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The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government

ISBN 9781138234727
Published September 3, 2018 by Routledge
526 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Local Governments - A Global Presence [Richard Kerley, Joyce Liddle, Pam Dunning]

Part I: Elected Roles and Governance

2. Local Electoral Systems [Michael Cole]

3. Local Political Leadership: The Voters or Councillors – Who Chooses Who Governs? [Colin Copus]

4. Traditional Leaders and Local Government in Pacific Island Countries [Graham Hassall and Paul Mae]

5. The Role of the Councillor [Neil McGarvey and Fraser Stewart]

6. The Relationship between Politics and Administration: From Dichotomy to Local Governance Arenas [Alessandro Sancino, Marco Meneguzzo, Alessandro Braga, and Paolo Esposito]

7. Institutionalized Differences in Economic Development Perspectives: A Comparison of City Managers, Mayors and Council Members in Texas [James Vanderleeuw and Melanie Smith]

Part II: Local Governments in Different Jurisdictions

8. The Political Salience of Local Government in a Small State [Ann Marie Bissessar]

9. Local Government in the Pacific Islands [Graham Hassall, Matthew Kensen, Rikiaua Takeke, Karibaiti Taoba, and Feue Tipu]

10. Local Government in Latin America – The Struggle to Overcome Social Exclusion [Andrew Nickson]

11. A Turbulent Past, A Turbulent Future? Reform and Disruption in the Local Government of New Zealand [Michael Reid and Michael Macaulay]

12. Constitutional and Legislative Changes in Caribbean Local Government [Eris Schoburgh]

Part III: Range of Local Government Services

13. Local Government Service Roles in the U.S.A: Consistency and Change [J. Edwin Benton]

14. Public Entrepreneurship: Is Local Government Necessary to Deliver Economic Development? [Lorraine Johnston and John Fenwick]

15. The Wide Range of Local Government Public Services [Elisabetta Mafrolla]

16. Public Service Delivery in Today’s Georgia [Giorgi Vashakidze]

17. The Provision of Public and Personal Social Services in European Countries: Between Marketization and The Return of the Public/Municipal and Third Sector [Hellmut Wollmann]

Part IV: Citizen Engagement

18. Practices and Challenges of Citizen Participation in Local Government: Case Studies of Midsized Cities in Russia and the United States [Sofia Prysmakova-Rivera, Elena Gladun, Thomas Bryer, Andrey Larionov, Dmitry Teplyakov, Olga Teplyakova and Natalia Nosova]

19. The Urban Governance of Austerity in Europe [Adrian Bua, Jonathan Davies, Ismael Blanco, Ioannis Chorianopoulos, Mercè Cortina-Oriol, Andrés Feandeiro, Niamh Gaynor, Steven Griggs, S. David Howarth, and Yuni Salazar]

20. Redressing the Trust Deficit: Local Governments and Citizen Engagement [Jonathan Carr West]

21. Does Mode of Public Outreach Matter? [Sheldon Gen and Erika Luger]

22. Improving Social Development in Brazil through an Open Budget Perspective: Does Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement Matter? [Ricardo Gomes and Welles Abreu]

23. Civic Engagement in Local Politics in Central Europe [Oto Potluka, Judit Kalman, Ida Musiałkowska, and Piotr Idczak]

Part V: Multi-Level Governance

24. Australia: Challenging Institutional Constraints [Chris Aulich]

25. Local Government Outside Local Boundaries: Rescaling Municipalities, Redesigning Provinces and Local-Level Europeanization [Koenradd De Ceuninck, Tony Valcke and Tom Verhelst]

26. Local Government in the European Union’s Multilevel Polity [Marius Guderjan]

27. Second Thoughts on Second-Order? Towards a Second-Tier Model of Local Government Elections and Voting [Ulrik Kjær and Kristof Steyvers]

28. The Architecture of the Local Political Community: France; Italy; Portugal and Spain [Jaume Magre and Esther Pano]

Part VI: Getting and Spending

29. Local Government Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Post-Soviet Georgia and Ukraine: Another Tale of Two Cities [Terry Anderson]

30. Enhancing VFM Audit in Local Government: The Best Value Initiative [Michela Arnaboldi and Irvine Lapsley]

31. Financing and Taxing for Local Government [Kenneth Gibb and Linda Christie]

32. Adapting to the Fiscal Environment: Local Governments, Revenue and Taxation Powers [Mark Sandford]

33. Financing Local Government in the Twenty-First Century: Local Government Revenues in European Member States, 2000 – 2014 [Gerard Turley and Stephen McNena]

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Richard Kerley is Emeritus Professor of Management at Queen Margaret University, UK, having previously been a Dean and Vice Principal over the period the former University College gained full University title. He is chair of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and on the editorial boards of Local Government Studies and the International Journal of Public Management.

Joyce Liddle is Professor at Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria, UK. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of Regional Studies Association, and Fellow of Joint University Council. She recently stood down as Honorary Chair of the UK Joint University Council and was formerly Chair of its Public Administration Committee. She is EAB member on 7 international journals and researches in local and regional government, public leadership, management and entrepreneurship, and regularly publishes work in noted international journals in the field.

Pamela T. Dunning is Associate Professor of Public Administration at Troy University, USA. She is Chair of the Section on Public Administration Education within the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), a previous Hampton Roads Chapter President in ASPA, and is on the editorial board of the Sage Journal Teaching Public Administration.


"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