Following the financial crisis and subsequent impacts of economic slowdown and austerity, the emergence of new local governance models and innovation is a very timely issue. The same goes for identifying new types of funding schemes and fiscal models prompted by austerity with the reduction in financial resources for local governments. This book offers a broad perspective on some of the organizational and financial problems faced by cities and local governments across Europe and analyses the reactions and reforms implemented to address current economic and public finance conditions. The geographical coverage of the case studies, multidisciplinary background of the contributing authors and focus on a multiplicity of issues and challenges that confront local governments, not just financial issues as is often the case, means this book is relevant to a wide readership. The book is written for post-graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and researchers in the multidisciplinary field of local government studies (Public Administration, Geography, Political Science, Law, Economy and Sociology), as well as practitioners working in local government institutions.
’The current fiscal and economic crisis forces local governments to find new ways to meet their functional responsibilities. This collection explores the processes of institutional and policy innovations and shows the highly differentiated variety of solutions in the European countries. It is an important contribution to the current literature and offers valuable and inspiring insights for scholars, policy makers and public administrators.’ Doris Wastl-Walter, University of Berne, Switzerland ’This is an important book about the significant local adjustments needed to cope with austerity. The contributors provide lucid insights through valuable case studies and new overviews of adjustments, partnerships, and citizen participation. The editors find new centralisations occurring that will challenge many conventional accounts. This book is significant and thought-provoking.’ Robert Bennett, University of Cambridge, UK