Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National by Sabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert

By Sabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert

This booklet compares the trajectories and results of neighborhood public region reform in Europe and fills a study hole that has existed thus far in comparative public management and native executive experiences. in keeping with the result of expense examine entitled, ‘Local Public region Reforms: a global Comparison’, this quantity takes a European-scale procedure, analyzing neighborhood govt in 28 international locations. neighborhood executive has been the main heavily stricken by the continually increasing worldwide monetary difficulty and austerity regulations in a few international locations, and is experiencing a interval of elevated reform job for this reason. This ebook considers either these neighborhood governments that have followed or moved clear of New Public administration (NPM) modernization to ‘something assorted’ (what a few commentators have labelled ‘post-NPM’), in addition to these that have carried out ‘other-than-NPM measures’, reminiscent of territorial reforms and democratic ideas.

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1 Analytical framework This chapter focuses on the “objectives,” “strategies,” “patterns of conflict,” and “outcome” of amalgamation reforms. , Chap. , characteristics and context, of such reforms. Objectives The objectives that politicians want to achieve with amalgamations focus on not only the resources of a municipality (human resources and local finances) and the output of amalgamation (quality and quantity of public services, correctness of legal decisions) but also the room for maneuvering that is granted to an amalgamated municipality (from outside the politicaladministrative system of the municipality, local autonomy; from inside the political-administrative system, local democracy and identity with a municipality).

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These diverse reform activities have contributed to transforming local government systems and patterns of local governance in Europe. Against this background, it is cause for concern and criticism that analysis of the local level is conspicuously neglected in the current comparative research concerning public sector modernization. Even recent comparative studies on public management reform (see Bouckaert et al. 2010; Lægreid and Verhoest 2010; Pollitt and Bouckaert 2011) as well as investigations reported by the OECD (2010) and World Bank (2007) deal almost exclusively with central government and national administrative levels.

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