Handbook on Subnational Governments and Governance


Handbook on Subnational Governments and Governance

9781803925363 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Claudia N. Avellaneda, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington and Ricardo A. Bello-Gómez, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 536 3 Extent: 436 pp
This comprehensive Handbook analyses the political, financial, administrative, and managerial dimensions of subnational governments. It examines the profound differences between forms of subnational governance across the world, as well as the common challenges faced by governments below the national level.

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This comprehensive Handbook analyses the political, financial, administrative, and managerial dimensions of subnational governments. It examines the profound differences between forms of subnational governance across the world, as well as the common challenges faced by governments below the national level.

Chapters provide detailed case studies of more than twenty subnational governments, analysing how different degrees and forms of self-rule have impacted the well-being of local populations. Alongside studying specific regional responsibilities and governance arrangements, contributors also address four central aspects of subnational governments across the world - innovation, intergovernmental tensions, fiscal issues, and delivery arrangements. They examine important issues including incomplete decentralization, challenges to governmental autonomy, and lack of citizen support. Ultimately, the Handbook highlights the growing importance of subnational governments in designing, adopting and implementing policy, and providing key services to their communities.

Providing a nuanced understanding of diverse forms of subnational government, this Handbook will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of governance, public management and administration, political science, and intergovernmental relations. It will also be essential reading for policy-makers and practitioners seeking to understand subnational governance as practised today.
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‘For too long, scholars, policymakers, and development practitioners have overlooked subnational governments’ crucial role in investing in citizens and infrastructure, responding to popular demands, and building legitimacy and political stability from the ground up. This Handbook is a timely and much-needed antidote. It casts a net that is both deep and wide, exploring issues as diverse as incomplete decentralization, political tensions, intergovernmental relations, and challenges to fiscal, political, and administrative autonomy. And it spans a huge geography, with 22 empirical chapters that cover both developing and developed countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. A must-read for both students and practitioners of governance.’
– Jean-Paul Faguet, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

‘This new Handbook provides state-of-the-art analysis of subnational governance. A first-rate interdisciplinary team achieves truly global coverage, and this provides rare comparative insight in how democratic backsliding, fiscal pressures, rural-urban tensions, or minority nationalism shape subnational governance in the 21st century.’
– Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US and European University Institute, Italy
Contributors include: Milagros Álvarez-Verdugo, David B. Audretsch, Claudia N. Avellaneda, Germà Bel, Ricardo A. Bello-Gomez, César Colino, Daniel Cravacuore, Eloísa del Pino, Kent Eaton, Peter Eckersley, Marylis Fantoni, Marriz M. Garciano, Taha Hameduddin, Jianzi He, Yijia Jing, Aidan Klein, Aileen V. Lapitan, Jongmin (Min) Lee, Santiago Leyva, José M. Magone, Jorge Martínez-Vázquez, Egon Montecinos, Jami Nelson-Nuñez, Juan Cruz Olmeda, Dennis A.K. Penu, Ringa Raudla, Pablo Sanabria-Pulido, Eduardo Sanz-Arcega, Renat Shaykhutdinov, Regina Smyth, Cristina Maria Stănică, Viorel I. Stănică, Alissandra T. Stoyan, Kohei Suzuki, Paweł Swianiewicz, José Manuel Tránchez-Martín, Fiorella Vera-Adrianzén, Salih Yasun, Julio C. Zambrano-Gutiérrez

Introduction to the Handbook on Subnational Governments and Governance xi
Claudia N. Avellaneda and Ricardo A. Bello-Gómez

1 Fiscal aspects of subnational governments 2
Jorge Martínez-Vázquez, Eduardo Sanz-Arcega, and José Manuel
2 Innovation in sub-national governments 21
David B. Audretsch
3 Subnational political tensions 28
Kent Eaton
4 Provision and production of public services by local governments 42
Milagros Álvarez-Verdugo and Germà Bel

5 The role of subnational governments in international relations:
paradiplomacy in Brazil 57
Marylis Fantoni and Claudia N. Avellaneda
6 Decentralization in Bolivia: popular support for regional autonomy 70
Alissandra T. Stoyan
7 Unbalanced multilevel governance in Colombia: fiscal federalism and
political bargaining with weak administrative decentralization 89
Santiago Leyva, Pablo Sanabria-Pulido, and Ricardo A. Bello-Gómez
8 The link between politics and interacting administrative capacity: the
case of citizen participation in Ecuador 107
Julio C. Zambrano-Gutiérrez
9 Subnational governance in Mexico: the unending persistence of dependency 122
Juan Cruz Olmeda
10 A slow-moving crisis: the challenges of local democratic governance in Peru 137
Jami Nelson-Nuñez and Fiorella Vera-Adrianzén
11 Intergovernmental relations and decentralization in Chile: the inertia of
centralism and functionalism 151
Daniel Cravacuore, Egon Montecinos, and Pablo Sanabria-Pulido

12 Subnational government and governance in China 166
Jianzi He and Yijia Jing
13 Subnational governance in India: pseudo-federalism and unity in tension 180
Taha Hameduddin
14 Japan’s local governments and governance under population decline 193
Kohei Suzuki
15 Korean regional inequality in subnational grant distribution toward nonprofits 208
Jongmin (Min) Lee
16 Intergovernmental fiscal transfers and local resource generation in
Philippine provinces 218
Aileen V. Lapitan and Marriz M. Garciano
17 Religion and subnational public policy: accommodation of minority
religious practices in the post-communist Muslim republics 232
Renat Shaykhutdinov

18 The future of regional governance in Ghana 249
Dennis A.K.Penu
19 The municipal finances and challenges of municipal taxation in
post-revolutionary Tunisia 266
Salih Yasun

20 Subnational governments and governance in Estonia: a paradoxical path
of re-centralization despite strong local autonomy 286
Ringa Raudla
21 Balancing cooperative federalism with local autonomy: subnational
governments and governance in Germany 299
Peter Eckersley
22 Poland: rolling back of the decentralized system? 312
Paweł Swianiewicz
23 Rural-urban connectivity through multi-level governance: a review of
subnational governments in Romania 327
Cristina Maria Stănică and Viorel I. Stănică
24 Portugal: the resistance against European Union multilevel governance 342
José M. Magone
25 Russian federalism, blame defection, and regime stability 358
Regina Smyth and Aidan Klein
26 Subnational governance in Spain 375
Eloísa del Pino and César Colino
27 Conclusion: worldwide challenges for subnational governance 393
Ricardo A. Bello-Gómez and Claudia N. Avellaneda
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