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The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform

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The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform

9781847202543 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Brian E. Dollery, Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for Local Government, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia and Lorenzo Robotti, Professor of Public Economics, Dipartimento di Economia, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 254 3 Extent: 328 pp
The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform explores the entire spectrum of local government reform and focuses specifically on the question of structural reform in local government. It presents new theoretical models in an area largely lacking in analytical foundations and assesses the validity of these models against recent structural developments.

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The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform explores the entire spectrum of local government reform and focuses specifically on the question of structural reform in local government. It presents new theoretical models in an area largely lacking in analytical foundations and assesses the validity of these models against recent structural developments.

Changes to local government are some of the most heartfelt and hotly contested political issues in advanced democracies today. The authors draw on recent policy developments in seven countries, as well as academic literature, to present new thinking on optimal municipal governance in the face of future policy challenges. This timely book will be invaluable for both undergraduate and graduate local government students in political science, public administration and public policy courses. Practitioners and policymakers in local government will also find this book an enlightening read.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book substantially advances our knowledge of structural reform in local government. By combining new theoretical insight with policy developments in seven different developed countries, the book not only tests conceptual models against real-world experience in local government structural reform, but it also offers fresh perspectives on the most promising types of structural reform. Written by leading scholars from seven different countries, this book will become a standard work in the area of local government reform.’
– Andrew Worthington, Griffith University, Australia

‘Structural reform has been one of the most important, and yet one of the most neglected, aspects of modern local government. This book represents the first attempt, since the early seventies, at providing a comprehensive account of both the theory and practice of structural reform in local government in developed countries. Using recent policy experience from seven different countries, the authors present seminal theoretical perspectives on structural reforms in local governance and the policy implications deriving from them. Written by well-known scholars of local government from around the world, this volume is a “must-read” for all academics, practitioners, students and policymakers.’
– Giorgio Brosio, University of Turin, Italy
Contributors
Contributors: D. Bartolini, N. Bosch, J. Byrnes, B. Dollery, B. Ermini, C. Falken-Großer, F. Fiorillo, A. Guengant, T. Lenk, A. Palestrini, G. Pola, P. Polidori, M. Reid, L. Robotti, Y. Rocaboy, S. Salvucci, A. Sancton, J. Suárez Pandiello
Contents
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Brian Dollery and Lorenzo Robotti

PART I: THE THEORY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM
2. Local Government and the Economics of Federalism
Brian Dollery and Lorenzo Robotti

3. Alternative Models of Local Government
Brian Dollery and Lorenzo Robotti

4. Local Council Partnerships: A Theoretical Approach
David Bartolini and Fabio Fiorillo

5. A Theoretical Model of Shared Service Arrangements in Local
Government
Antonio Palestrini and Paolo Polidori

6. Financial Incentives for Municipal Partnerships
Fabio Fiorillo and Giancarlo Pola

PART II: THE PRACTICE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM
7. Structural Reform in Australia
Brian Dollery and Joel Byrnes

8. Structural Reform in Canada
Andrew Sancton

9. Structural Reform in France
Alain Guengant and Yvon Rocaboy

10. Structural Reform in Germany
Thomas Lenk and Christine Falken-Großer

11. Structural Reform in Italy
Barbara Ermini and Samuele Salvucci

12. Structural Reform in New Zealand
Mike Reid

13. Structural Reform in Spain
Núria Bosch and Javier Suárez Pandiello

PART III: POLICY IMPLICATIONS
14. Common Themes on Structural Reform
Fabio Fiorillo and Barbara Ermini

15. Local Government Policy
Brian Dollery and Lorenzo Robotti

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