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New Perspectives and Democratic Challenges

Drawing on classical and emerging research perspectives, this comprehensive book provides an up-to-date review of local government in Europe.

Featuring an impressive range of contributors from both eastern and western Europe, the book addresses three main topics: territorial reforms, democratic empowerment of citizens and the role of local leadership, as well as new trends in local finances.

Acknowledging their inherent diversity, the book examines the ways that local governments have responded to shared challenges, such as climate change, increasing populism and democratic deficit in order to identify both the variety and communalities between the country-specific features. In doing so, it provides a rich picture of the latest trends in local government, as well as pointing the way for future developments.

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141Reviewing the role and structure of pensions in national context Policy & Politics vol 35 no 1 • 141–61 (2007) Int rpreting ‘community leade ship’ in English local governm n Key words: community leadership • local government • interpretation Final submission February 2006 • Acceptance February 2006 © The Pol c Press, 2007 • ISSN 0305 5736 Interpreting ‘community leadership’ in English local government Helen Sullivan English In 1997 community leadership was placed at the heart of local government reform. However, despite policy commitments, its manifestation

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113 FOUR Localist local government Thus far, this book has highlighted the potential to revisit the history and geography of English government and to explore the creation of neighbourhood-level infrastructure that is able to facilitate the organisation of local communities and foster their engagement in local initiatives. Such innovation will necessarily involve working with existing state forms, and, in this regard, local authorities remain critical in shaping the local political culture and have the greatest potential to create new opportunities for

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59 Policy & Politics • vol 44 • no 1 • 59-77 • © Policy Press 2016 • #PPjnl @policy_politics Print ISSN 0305 5736 • Online ISSN 1470 8442 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557315X14434624683411 Mediatised local government: social media activity and media strategies among local government officials 1989–2010 Monika Djerf-Pierre, monika.djerf-pierre@jmg.gu.se Jon Pierre, jon.pierre@pol.gu.se University of Gothenburg, Sweden The article examines how local government officials in Sweden use social media and to what extent the emergence of social media has

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121 SIX Policy analysis in local government Daniel Henstra Introduction Municipal governments play a crucial role in the Canadian political system, serving as a democratic mechanism to address public problems at the community level. Municipalities are governed by a stable executive body—the council—which is empowered by electoral mandate to make and enforce binding decisions for the population and territory within its jurisdiction, and these decisions are backed up by the police powers of the state. Elected officials debate and sanction policy proposals

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39 Policy & Politics vol 37 no 1 • 39–55 (2009) • 10.1332/147084408X349747 © The Policy Press, 2009 • ISSN 0305 5736 Key words: crisis • local government • structuralist theory • interpretivism Final submission April 2008 • Acceptance May 2008 Local government and structural crisis: an interpretive approach Kevin Orr This article examines ideas of local government crisis in the UK aiming to apply macro- level political economy debates to this sector. Two observations underpin its rationale. The first concerns structuralism’s neglect of local government and

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This book covered a wide range of questions and aspects related to local governments in Europe and set the landscape where the most vivid and relevant dimensions were highlighted and discussed. The topics addressed in these chapters touch upon three main aspects of research on local governments: Space – The spatial and territorial features of local governments and their changes. Studies testing the size hypothesis are still common in the field and touch all dimensions of local government performance. Scope – What are local government functions

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government: they can either voice their dissatisfaction in the hope that matters might improve, or they can exit from the local government. It is argued that real and credible options for exit encourage management to be more responsive to voice and that the two mechanisms can be complementary in responsive organisations ( Warren, 2011 ). Exit is generally accessed by the most quality conscious and best-resourced members, while voice requires artistry, networks and persistence to prove effective ( Sharp, 1984 ). By altering political institutions it may be possible to

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Summary at a glance This article empirically examines the impact of rate capping on Victorian local government outlays. We also investigate whether rate pegging had a differential effect on different types of Victorian councils. We find that rate capping not only had a differential impact of different categories of expenditure, but its effects varied by council type. Introduction Across the globe, local government systems fall under varying degrees of regulation by higher tiers of government, which range from highly restrictive to rather less prescriptive

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391 Voluntary Sector Review • vol 5 • no 3 • 391–97 • © Policy Press 2014 • #VSR Print ISSN 2040 8056 • Online ISSN 2040 8064 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080514X14151798472467 practice paper Exploring grassroots groups and local government relationships: benefits and challenges for current times Anna Ware, St Albans, UK, annaware0@gmail.com As more grassroots community groups emerge across the United Kingdom in response to the changing service delivery landscape, they are likely to come across the challenges of working with local government in the near

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