The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform

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Brian Dollery, Lorenzo Robotti
Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2008 - Law - 310 pages
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'Structural reform has been one of the most important, and yet one of the most neglected, aspects of modern local government. This book represents the first attempt, since the early seventies, at providing a comprehensive account of both the theory and practice of structural reform in local government in developed countries. Using recent policy experience from seven different countries, the authors present seminal theoretical perspectives on structural reforms in local governance and the policy implications deriving from them. Written by well-known scholars of local government from around the world, this volume is a "must-read" for all academics, practitioners, students and policymakers.'
- Giorgio Brosio, University of Turin, Italy
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The theory of local government reform
7
Local government and the economics of federalism
9
Alternative models of local government
27
Local council partnerships a theoretical approach
53
A theoretical model of shared service arrangements in local government
69
Financial incentives for municipal partnerships
81
The practice of local government reform
91
Structural reform in Germany
149
Structural reform in Italy
173
Structural reform in New Zealand
199
Structural reform in Spain
217
Policy implications
235
Common themes in structural reform
237
Local government policy Brian Dollery and Lorenzo Robotti
257
References
271

Structural reform in Australia
93
Structural reform in Canada
115
Structural Reform in France
133

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