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A Research Agenda for Regional and Local Government
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A Research Agenda for Regional and Local Government

9781839106637 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mark Callanan, Senior Lecturer, Whitaker School of Government and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland and John Loughlin, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Politics, Cardiff University, UK
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 663 7 Extent: 200 pp
This insightful Research Agenda takes a thematic approach to analysing reform in regional and local government, exploring central concepts such as devolution, Europeanisation and globalisation. Expert contributors address key trends in structural change and reorganisation, subnational autonomy and decentralisation, metropolitan governance, and multi-level governance.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This insightful Research Agenda takes a thematic approach to analysing reform in regional and local government, exploring central concepts such as devolution, Europeanisation and globalisation. Expert contributors address key trends in structural change and reorganisation, subnational autonomy and decentralisation, metropolitan governance, and multi-level governance.

Chapters explore managerial innovations and reform, democratic participation and leadership, and populism at local and regional levels. Identifying promising research avenues in these fields, the Research Agenda reflects on the effects of the 2008 global financial crisis, and potential lessons that are arising for subnational governments following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It concludes that although the 2008 crisis has had some impact on territorial governance, there is greater continuity than radical change.

Addressing particular themes and trends from a comparative perspective, this Research Agenda will be critical reading for scholars and students of international politics, urban studies and regional studies.

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‘This book provides a great starting point for those wanting to think through the multiple research issues confronting local and regional government. Whether the focus is economic performance, public service management, reorganisation or public engagement, the various chapters provide up-to-date and insightful accounts on how things stand in light of the long-term impact of the financial crisis of 2007/8.’
– Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, UK

‘One of the defining features of post-war Western development has been the rise of regional and local autonomy. How has the 2008 financial crisis intervened with long-term trends in subnational governance? This excellent collection brings together top scholars in the field to take up this question. Each contribution provides fresh thinking on enduring questions of territorial reform. This book is a must-read.’
– Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US, and European University Institute, Italy
Contributors
Contributors: S. Bolgherini, M. Callanan, F. Hendriks, A.E.G. Jonas, N. Karsten, N. Keuffer, U. Kjær, S. Kuhlmann, S. Kukovič, A. Ladner, J. Loughlin, A. Michels, S. Moisio, N. Moore-Cherry, R. Pasquier, A. Pike, D. Sweeting, P. Swianiewicz, M. Tatham, J. Tomaney, D. Vampa
Contents
Contents:

1 A thematic approach to the research agenda for
regional and local government 1
Mark Callanan and John Loughlin
2 Local and regional autonomy – indexes and trends 19
Nicolas Keuffer and Andreas Ladner
3 Territorial restructuring: amalgamations,
secessions and the financial crisis 35
Paweł Swianiewicz
4 Devolution, functional decentralization or
recentralization? Convergence and divergence in
the European territorial governance 49
Romain Pasquier
5 City-regional and metropolitan governance 63
Niamh Moore-Cherry, Andy Pike and John Tomaney
6 Economizing imaginaries of city-regionalism as
politics of city-regionalization 79
Sami Moisio and Andrew E.G. Jonas
7 Regional and local government and the European Union 97
Mark Callanan and Michaël Tatham
8 Managerial reforms from a comparative
perspective: European subnational governments
in the post-New Public Management era 111
Sabine Kuhlmann
9 Citizen involvement in subnational governance:
innovations, trends and questions 133
Frank Hendriks and Ank Michels
10 Populism and representation at the regional and
local levels 149
Silvia Bolgherini and Davide Vampa
11 Leadership at the subnational level: mayoral and
executive models 163
Niels Karsten, David Sweeting, Ulrik Kjær and
Simona Kukovič
Index 177

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