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Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State

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Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State

9781839103278 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ignacio Lago, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Publication Date: October 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 327 8 Extent: c 464 pp
Taking a multidisciplinary approach to the dynamics of political and economic decentralization in contemporary regimes, this comprehensive Handbook offers a critical examination of how the decentralization of governance affects citizen well-being.

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Taking a multidisciplinary approach to the dynamics of political and economic decentralization in contemporary regimes, this comprehensive Handbook offers a critical examination of how the decentralization of governance affects citizen well-being.

Expert contributors provide an analysis of theoretical developments and empirical approaches in the study of decentralization, exploring how decentralization is conceptualized and measured. Chapters examine central topics including how the degree and type of decentralization varies over time and across countries, how political decentralization affects the behaviour of parties and voters, and the social and economic consequences of decentralizing power. Offering a comparative perspective, the Handbook utilizes insightful international case studies from Latin America, North America, Western Europe and Asia. Attention is also paid to the impact of the Great Recession of 2008 and the Covid-19 pandemic on intergovernmental relations.

This Handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of political geography and geopolitics, regulation and governance, and international politics. It will also be useful for practitioners in these fields who are interested in decentralization.
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‘This Handbook offers a superb collection of essays edited by a leading scholar in the field, Ignacio Lago. The volume represents a rich tapestry of critical research on decentralization from a variety of perspectives including political science, economics, sociology, and geography. The chapters lay out the state of the art in decentralization research and the current gaps that will re-invigorate further scholarly work. Researchers, practitioners and policymakers will very much profit from the lessons and insights in this excellent volume.’
– Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Georgia State University, US

‘The Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State provides an excellent overview and compelling future research agenda on the causes and consequences of decentralization. Written by leading scholars in the field in an accessible format, this is a must-read.’
– Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US and the European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Contributors
Contributors include: Francesc Amat, Cameron D. Anderson, Paul Anderson, André Blais, Philip Charbonneau, Jean-François Daoust, Paolo Dardanelli, Luiz de Mello, Amuitz Garmendia, Jorge Gordin, Caroline Gray, Ignacio Jurado, Soeren Keil, Hanna Kleider, Andreas P. Kyriacou, Ignacio Lago, Sandra León, Emmy Lindstam, Raúl A. Ponce Rodríguez, Oriol Roca-Sagalés, Lucas Silva Lopes, Arjan Schakel, Hermann Schmitt, Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, Eftichia Teperoglou, Gianpiero Torrisi, Vassilis Tselios, Ed Turner, Davide Vampa








 



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