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The institutional setting of local political leadership and community involve­ment

Författare och institution:
Henry Bäck (Förvaltningshögskolan)
Publicerad i:
Michael Haus, Hubert Heinelt, Murray Stewart (eds.), Urban Governance and Democracy: Leadership and Community Involvement (Chapter 4),
Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The objective of this chapter is to describe and analyse the institutional settings of the cities studied in the PLUS project, with a focus on the restrictions and opportunities for action for the political leadership as well as restrictions, opportunities and incentives for community involvement.

An important set of restrictions of course will be the interdependencies between the local authority on the one hand and higher levels of government as well as local community actors on the other hand. Therefore the issue of local autonomy and local self-government will be examined in the first part of the paper. The second part of the paper will discuss the institutional arrangements with regard to the political executive. Finally potential consequences of other structural differences will be discussed.

The empirical data for the description is primarily provided by the country and city profiles provided by the academic partners of the project. In principle the focus will be on cities rather than national systems. Cities, however, are parts of national local government systems, at the same time influencing and being influenced by national systems. Parts of the analysis therefore will be carried out with the national systems as units of analysis. In some cases we also lack data on the city level, and if there is no reason to suspect that our case study cities are deviating, such data will be used on the city level.

These exceptions, notwithstanding, the objective of the chapter is to say something about the particular institutional settings of the eighteen cities, and not to provide generalisations about national local government systems.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Statsvetenskap ->
Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)
institutions, leadership, community involvement
Ytterligare information:
About the book from Routledge and Eura Plus.

Full text of the chapter (possibly an early version).
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2007-09-19 12:12
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2007-09-19 12:13

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