Local Government Reforms In Countries In Transition

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Local Government Reforms in Countries in Transition explores the impacts that the end of the Cold War and increased globalization have had on governments around the world. The decentralization of national governments has led to a greater role for local governments; public administration and democratic representation are the new arenas of local governments the world over. Focusing not only on countries from the former Soviet Union, but also on Israel, China, South Africa, and Egypt, the contributors to this volume present a truly global investigation of countries experiencing governmental transformation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115725
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 5/21/2008
  • Series: Studies in Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 0.78 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
General Survey
Changes, Ruptures, and Continuities in European Local Government Systems: Between Government and Governance   Hellmut Wollmann     15
Transforming Political Systems and Political Culture: What Works? Lessons from Bogota and Cities around the Globe   Terry Nichols Clark     39
Local Goods as Public Goods: A Nonpolitical Approach to the Production and Delivery of Municipal Goods and Services   Gideon Doron     55
Post-Socialist Countries
The Politics of Local Government Reform in Russia: From Decentralization to Recentralization   Vladimir Gel'man     71
Local Leadership in Post-Communist States: Poland in a Comparative Perspective   Jerzy J. Wiatr     91
Reform of Local and Regional Governments in Poland: Does the European Union Matter?   Hakim Aissaoui     105
Political Parties and Their Role in Local Politics in the Post-Communist Czech Republic   Tomas Kostelecky     121
Reforming Public Administration: Romania's Winding Road to Europe   Sandra Wells     141
Local Public Policies and the Access of Minorities to Public Services: Experiences from Central and Eastern Europe   Petra Kovacs   Zsuzsanna Eva Katona     161
Local Government Amalgamation in Israel: Toward the Modernization of Local Government?   Eran Razin   Anna Hazan     177
Pluralism and Governance: Electoral Politics in Local Government in Israel   Matt Evans     195
Internal Migration and Local Authorities in Israel: Tiebout's Model Revisited   Boris A. Portnov   Asher Vaturi     213
Between Traditionalism and Modernity: Ruling Local Government in Arab Localities in Israel   Rassem Khamaisi     235
Arab Local Councils in Israel: The Democratic State and the Hamula   Maha El-Taji     253
Countries in Transition
Local Government Reform in China: A Rational Actor Perspective   Janice Caulfield     273
The Political Obstacles to Local Government Reform in Egypt   Tamir Moustafa     291
South African Local Government: The Limits of Institutional Reform   Robert Cameron     311
Index     329
About the Contributors     339
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