Local Government Reforms in Countries in Transition explores the impacts that the end of the Cold War and increased globalization have had on government around the world. The decentralization of national governments has led to a greater role for local governments; public administration and democrative representation are the new arena of local governments the world over. Focusing not only on countries from the former Soviet Union, but also on Israel, China, South Africa, and Egypt, the contributors to this volume present a truly global investigation of countries experiencing governmental transformation.
Fred A. Lazin is the Lynn & Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government & chair, Department of Politics & Government at Ben Gurion University. Matt Evans is a Post Doctoral Felllow at Northwestern University in the Political Science Department. Hellmut Wollmann is Professor Emeritus at Humboldt University in Berlin. Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot is the Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and director of the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 General Survey Chapter 3 Changes, Ruptures, and Continuities in European Local Government Systems: Between Government and Governance Chapter 4 Transforming Political Systems and Political Culture: What Works? Lessons from Bogota and Cities around the Globe Chapter 5 Local Goods as Public Goods: A Nonpolitical Approach to the Production and Delivery of Municipal Goods and Services Part 6 Post-Socialist Countries Chapter 7 The Politics of Local Government Reform in Russia: From Decentralization to Recentralization Chapter 8 Local Leadership in Post-Communist States: Poland in a Comparative Perspective Chapter 9 Reform of Local and Regional Governments in Poland: Does the European Union Matter? Chapter 10 Political Parties and their Role in Local Politics in the Post-Communist Czech Republic Chapter 11 Reforming Public Administration: Romania's Winding Road to Europe Chapter 12 Local Public Policies and the Access of Minorities to Public Services: Experience from Central and Eastern Europe Part 13 Israel Chapter 14 Local Government Amalgamation in Israel: Towards the Modernization of Local Government? Chapter 15 Pluralism and Governance: Electoral Politics in Local Government in Israel Chapter 16 Internal Migration and Local Authorities in Israel: Tiebout's Model Revisited Chapter 17 Between Traditionalism and Modernity: Ruling Local Government in Arab Localities in Israel Chapter 18 Arab Local Councils in Israel: The Democratic State and the Hamula Part 19 Countries in Transition Chapter 20 Local Government Reform in China: A Rational Actor Perspective Chapter 21 The Political Obstacles to Local Government Reform in Egypt Chapter 22 South African Local Government: The Limits of Institutional Reform