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Changing government relations in Europe: from localism to intergovernmentalism

Changing government relations in Europe: from localism to intergovernmentalism

Page, Edward; Goldsmith, Michael

This text offers a comparative analysis of recent developments in intergovernmental relations in 12 countries across Europe. The past quarter of a century has seen extensive change throughout Europe. There have been significant changes in local government, and the European Union has come to play an increasing role in relation to municipal government. This book offers a comparative analysis of recent developments in intergovernmental relations in twelve countries across Europe. Using the framework for analysis from Page and Goldsmith's 1987 Central and Local Government Relations, each chapter examines changes in central-local relations in their respective country over the past 20 years. This book extends the coverage to include, for the first time, both federal systems and Eastern European countries. Offering detailed empirical studies, it assesses how far there have been changes in the functions, access and discretion of local government. The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of local government, urban politics, EU studies and public administration

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Published London: Routledge, 2010

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Michael J. Goldsmith, Edward C. Page
ISBN: 0203858484, 9780203858486
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xviii, 284 p. : ill.
Series: Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science ; 67
Subject: Politics and Government.; United States of America, USA; Local government European Union countries.; Regional / local / state government; Comparative politics; European Union countries Politics and government.; International relations; Central / national / federal government; Intergovernmental cooperation European Union countries.; Europe; Politics & government
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science ; 67.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780415548465


  1. 1. Introduction - Mike Goldsmith and Ed Page
  2. 2. Belgium - Filip de Rynk and Ellen Waynenburg
  3. 3. Czech Republic - Martin Brusis
  4. 4. Denmark - Vibeke Andersen
  5. 5. France - Gilles Pinson
  6. 6. Germany - Angelika Vetter
  7. 7. Hungary - Gabor Soos
  8. 8. Italy - Luigi Bobbio and Stefan Piperno
  9. 9. The Netherlands - Theo Toonen and Trui Steen
  10. 10. Norway - Anne Lise Fimreite and Tommy Tranvik
  11. 11. Spain - Francesc Morata and John Etherington
  12. 12. Sweden - Henry Back and Vicki Johansson
  13. 13. Switzerland - Andreas Ladner
  14. 14. United Kingdom - Helen Sullivan
  15. 15. Conclusions - Ed Page and Mike Goldsmith

Author note

Michael J. Goldsmithis Emeritus Professor of Politics, Salford University, UK; and a Vice President of the UK Political Studies Association. He has published extensively including (as co-editor) Central-Local Relationsand European Integration and Local Government. Edward C. Pageis Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent publications include Policy Bureaucracy: government with a cast of thousandsand Governing by Numbers: delegated legislation and everyday policy making.