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  • Does Local Government Matter?by Elaine B. Sharp

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 68.00

    Until recently, policy evaluation has mostly meant assessing whether government programs raise reading levels, decrease teen pregnancy rates, improve air quality levels, lower drunk-driving rates, or achieve any of the other goals that government programs are ostensibly created to do. Whether or not such programs also have consequences with respect... more...

  • Two Centuries of Local Autonomyby Jürgen G. Backhaus

    Springer 2012; US$ 119.00

    One of the last Prussian Reforms during the Napoleonic Era was the constitution of local autonomy for the cities. Proof of its lasting importance is that it was the cities that carried out the deficit-based employment policies of the early 1930s also had to carry the burden of a democratic reconstitution of Germany in the postwar period. After the... more...

  • A Politics of Inevitabilityby Ross Beveridge

    Springer 2011; US$ 59.95

    This book provides a detailed analysis of the controversial privatisation of the Berlin Water Company (BWB) in 1999. As with other cases of privatisation around the world, the city's government argued there was no alternative in a context of public debts and economic restructuring. Drawing on post-structuralist theory, the analysis presented here... more...

  • Decentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in Indiaby Rani D. Mullen

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 150.00

    Over the past three decades, decentralization has been seen as the means for allowing local governments to become more accountable, and for encouraging the deepening of democracy and the building of village communities. By drawing on original village-level case studies of six villages in three different Indian states, this book presents a systematic... more...

  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Regional Governing Systemsby David K. Hamilton

    Springer 2012; US$ 129.00

    This book provides an analysis of the different approaches to regional governance utilized by Canada and the United States. As countries continue to urbanize and centralize economic functions and population in metropolitan regions, the traditional governing system is not equipped to handle problems that spill over local government boundaries. Governments... more...

  • Urban Governance in Southern Europeby João Seixas; Abel Albet

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 119.95

    This volume examines the issues of urban governance in the Southern European context. Illustrated by case studies of several main cities and metropoles on the North Mediterranean coast, it introduces and critically analyses the latest theories and approaches to urban governance. It questions how the 'real' or socio-cultural notion of city seems... more...

  • Local Governance in England and Franceby Alistair Cole; Peter John

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 170.00

    Based on extensive research and interviews (over 300 in total) with local decision makers in two pairs of cities in England and France: Lille and Leeds; Rennes and Southampton, this book is an invaluable resource for students and professionals more...

  • The Emerging Politics of Antarcticaby Anne- Marie Brady

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 135.00

    This book examines the post-Cold War challenges facing Antarctic governance. It seeks to understand the interests of new players in Antarctic affairs such as China, India, Korea and Malaysia, and how other key players such as Russia and the USA or claimant states such as New Zealand or France are coping in the new global order. more...

  • Independent Success in Mayoral Elections in Englandby Kazuaki Nagatomi

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2012; US$ 159.95

    Politics in England both local and national have been dominated by the Conservative and Labour Parties. Yet, in recent years, specifically in mayoral elections, there has been an insurgence of independent candidates that have made it through the process. Albeit, the process in England is so strenuous that it is almost impossible for outsiders to get... more...

  • Challenges in City Managementby Becky J. Starnes

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 69.95

    City management in developing countries is a quickly growing area in current public administration literature. However, little research material can be found regarding the management of cities. Demonstrating the issues in this field, Challenges in City Management: A Case Study Approach brings the sometimes dry theories and concepts of urban planning... more...