Local Governance in Western Europe provides a comprehensive introduction to local government and urban politics in contemporary Western Europe. Peter John maps and explains the significant processes of change characterizing local government systems and places these in a genuinely comparative context. This unique book introduces the traditional structures and institutions of local government, showing how these have been transforming in response to: increased economic and political competition; new ideas; institutional reform; the Europeanization of public policy At the books core is the perceived transition from local government to local governance. This key development is traced thematically across a wide range of West European States including: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
`Its strength lies in combining theoretical insights with an impressive range of empirical material. The analysis is subtle and multi-layered.... This is a timely and important book' - Political Studies
`Local governance have gained massive attention among scholars and practitioners during the past several years. Peter John's book fills a void in the literature by tracing the historical roots of local governance and by placing his findings in a comparative perspective' - Professor Jon Pierre, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
`Peter John has produced a fascinating and stimulating book in which he assesses current developments in urban politics and local government in Europe and suggests how these changes are leading to different patterns of sub-national territorial politics in the EU today. What he has to say is of important interest to all students of local government; comparative politics and of territorial politics more generally' - Michael Goldsmith, University of Salford