Springer Geography

Governance in Transition

Editors: Buček, Ján, Ryder, Andrew (Eds.)

  • Offers a practical perspective on current practice and problems in local government reform
  • Includes material from a variety of international contexts
  • Discusses a wide range of administrative and financial issues
  • Informs policy makers of best practice and problems in implementing administrative reforms
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About this book

This book looks at experience in government restructuring and devolution from a variety of national and international perspectives, both within the European Union and elsewhere, focusing on lessons learned and ways forward.Since the 1980s, there has been a global trend to give more power to local governments. Even in Korea and the United Kingdom, the most centralised countries in the OECD, local government powers have increased, with substantial economic benefits. Within the European Union, the principle of subsidiarity has enshrined the idea of devolution. New member states, particularly in central and eastern Europe, have significantly created new and self-sufficient local and regional governments. However, this process has been complicated. Devolution is not a panacea in its own right, and need not lead to economic growth. While it can encourage savings through collaboration, it can also lead to confused lines of authority and can complicate policy formation and implantation. Devolution can strain local budgets, forcing local governments to rely on their own sources of finance, rather than central government transfers. Suburbanisation, rural depopulation, the growth of some regions, and the decline of others have raised new problems, particularly related to inter-governmental cooperation among local governments and different levels of government. In many cases, an increased number of governments has increased administrative costs.

About the authors

Ján Buček is Associate Professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economic geography at Comenius University. Currently he is Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Governance (since 2008), Vice-President of the Slovak Geographical Society (since 2010) and a member of editorial boards of several scientific journals.
Andrew Ryder is a senior lecturer in geography at the University of Portsmouth. Since 1991, he has also worked as a consultant in regional problems and policies and local government reform for the OECD and other international organisations. He is a member of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Governance and on the editorial board of several academic journals.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ryder, Andrew

    Pages 1-15

  • Top-Down and Bottom-Up Metropolitan Integration in Poland

    Kaczmarek, Tomasz (et al.)

    Pages 19-39

  • The Sydney Metropolitan Strategy: Implementation Challenges

    Fensham, Patrick

    Pages 41-64

  • Governmental Devolution as a Motor of Local Development

    Ryder, Andrew

    Pages 65-89

  • Theories of Metropolitan Government and the Post-socialist Experience: The Case of Poznań Metropolitan Area

    Mikuła, Łukasz

    Pages 91-107

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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5502-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7912-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governance in Transition
Editors
  • Ján Buček
  • Andrew Ryder
Series Title
Springer Geography
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5503-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5503-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5502-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7912-8
Series ISSN
2194-315X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 341
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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