European Integration and Local Government

European Integration and Local Government

By: Kurt Klaudi Klausen (editor), M. J. F. Goldsmith (editor)Hardback

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European Integration and Local Government is an original comparative review of the impact of the European Union on local and regional governments throughout Europe. This book consists of ten country case studies which show how the EU has affected local government structures. These are supplemented by chapters which provide comparisons between various countries, consider multiple methodological and theoretical approaches to political integration, discuss nation-building, networks, organization development and analyse not only political integration, but the ability of the administration to implement EU policies. The contributors suggest that local governments have become legitimate players at the international scene, are gaining more power and autonomy in comparison to national governments and are strong promoters of integration through their bilateral and multilateral agreements and actions. They also argue that network and individual initiatives are playing an increasingly important role, even if structural features still determine the eligibility of EU funding. This book will be of interest to policy makers both in local government and at the European Union level, international organizations, and academics and students.

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Edited by M.J.F. Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus, University of Salford, UK and Kurt Klaudi Klausen, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Management and Head of the MPM-programme in the Department of Political Science and Public Management, Odense University, Denmark


Contents: Preface 1. European Integration and Local Government: Some Initial Thoughts (M. Goldsmith, K.K. Klausen) 2. Danish Local Government: Integrating into the EU? (K.K. Klausen) 3. The Netherlands (M. Wolters) 4. European Integration and the Local Authorities in Germany: Impacts and Perceptions (H. Wollmann, S. Lund) 5. European Integration: A Lifeline for Irish Local Authorities? (C. Coyle) 6. Local Governments and the EU: The British Experience (M. Goldsmith, E. Sperling) 7. Belgian Local Government: Far Away from Brussels (S. de Rynck 8. Stars and Black Holes: French Regions and Cities in the European Galaxy (R. Balme, P. LeGales) 9. European Integration and Local Government: The (Ambiguous) Portuguese Case (M. da Silva e Costa, J. Felizes, J. Neves) 10. `Yes, in Theory. And Perhaps in the Future': European Integration and Local Government in Italy (E.Ercole) 11. The Impact of European Integration on Regional and Local Government in Finland, Norway and Sweden (M.L. von Bergmann-Winberg) 12. Cities, Networks, Euroregions, European Offices (E. Ercole, M. Walters, M. Goldsmith) 13. Conclusion: Local Government and the European Union (K.K. Klausen, M. Goldsmith) Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781858984926
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781858984926
  • ISBN10: 1858984920

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