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This booklet compares the trajectories and results of neighborhood public zone reform in Europe and fills a examine hole that has existed up to now in comparative public management and native govt experiences. according to the result of rate examine entitled, ‘Local Public zone Reforms: a global Comparison’, this quantity takes a European-scale technique, studying neighborhood govt in 28 international locations. neighborhood govt has been the main heavily stricken by the constantly increasing international monetary predicament and austerity regulations in a few international locations, and is experiencing a interval of elevated reform task accordingly. 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 applied ‘other-than-NPM measures’, comparable to territorial reforms and democratic strategies.
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Eythórsson University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland © The Author(s) 2016 S. Kuhlmann, G. 1057/978-1-137-52548-2_2 23 24 R. STEINER ET AL. European countries, the implementation of these projects, patterns of conflict, and the outcome of these reforms. The main research question concerns whether the amalgamation reforms have achieved their goals thus far and whether the selection of a specific reform strategy leads to a certain reform path and outcome. The chapter starts with the development of a framework, which structures the analysis of amalgamation reforms, and then provides an overview of the development of the local territorial structure in Europe and a classification of amalgamation strategies.
2011. EU subnational governments: 2010 key figures. Paris: DEXIA Editions. INTRODUCTION: COMPARING LOCAL PUBLIC SECTOR REFORMS ... 19 Hall, P. , and Taylor, R. C. R. 1996. Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms. In Political Studies 44 (5), S. 936–957. Halligan, J. 2010. Post-NPM responses to disaggregation through coordinating horizontally and integrating governance. In Governance of public sector organizations: Proliferation, autonomy and performance, ed. P. Verhoest, 235–254.
Thus, resistance to amalgamations may be reduced if the reforms are introduced bottom-up and incrementally. Not only the chosen strategy but also the objectives may influence whether resistance will arise. Certain reform objectives, such as increasing efficiency, may cause greater skepticism by the citizens. The impact can take time to actualize, and the expected effects are sometimes difficult to calculate ex ante. Additionally, such objectives may be questioned because other aspects related to a municipality, such as responsiveness and local democracy, are considered more important and endangered.
Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National Trajectories and International Comparisons by Sabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert