The Second Tier of Local Government in Europe: Provinces, Counties, Départements and Landkreise in Comparison, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Second Tier of Local Government in Europe

Provinces, Counties, Départements and Landkreise in Comparison, 1st Edition

Edited by Hubert Heinelt, Xavier Bertrana


368 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book takes a comparative approach to local government across 14 European countries, looking at processes of decentralisation, regionalisation and reforms of local government.

Examining second levels of government, such as UK Counties, French Départements, Italian and Spanish Provinces, and German Landkreise, this book reveals both the specific characteristics of particular countries, and also similarities across Europe. As the first book focussing on the second level of local governments, this monograph combines comparative analysis of institutional trends and reforms of local government with examination of country-specific features to provide an original and insightful evaluation of European governance. Organised along common thematic lines, leading experts in their field outline the historical development of local government, and analyse recent or current reform debates. The book argues democratic quality and effectiveness of this territorial level of government is in the focus of on-going debates about the rescaling of statehood and a shift from ‘government to governance’.

The Second Tier of Local Government in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars studying local government, public administration and multi-level governance.


'A readable and informative book, particularly useful for those interested in decentralisation multi-level governance and local government reform issues. This book's originalities lie in the comparability it allows and in the comprehensive information it provides about one intermediate tier of government that - despite its relevance - has been discussed less. The book is geared both for political actors directly involved in similar debates as well as scholars.' - Filipe Teles, University of Aveiro, 2013

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Hubert Heinelt and Xavier Bertrana 2. Belgium Tony Valcke, Herwig Reynaert and Kristof Steyvers 3.Denmark Poul Erik Mouritzen 4. France Emmanuel Négrier and Fabien Nicolas 5. The United Kingdom Steve Martin 6.Germany Hubert Heinelt and Björn Egner 7.Greece Nikos Hlepas and Panagoitis Getimis 8. Hungary Gabor Soos 9. Italy Carlo Bachetti 10. Poland Pawel Swianiewicz 11. Romania Cristina Stănuş and Daniel Pop 12. Spain Xavier Bertrana, Marina Espinosa, Jaume Magre 13. Sweden Henry Bäck 14.The Netherlands Ger Arendsen 15. Turkey Korel Göymen 16. Conclusions Xavier Bertrana and Hubert Heinelt

About the Editors

Hubert Heinelt is Professor for Comparative Public Policy, Public Administration and Urban Studies at the Institute of Political Science, Darmstadt University of Technology.

Xavier Bertrana is the Head of the Centre for Local Innovation at the Diputació de Barcelona and Researcher at the University of Barcelona.

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Routledge Advances in European Politics

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