Evaluating Reforms of Local Public and Social Services in Europe

More Evidence for Better Results

  • Ivan Koprić
  • Hellmut Wollmann
  • Gérard Marcou

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ivan Koprić, Hellmut Wollmann
    Pages 1-18
  3. Gérard Marcou, Anamarija Musa
    Pages 19-34
  4. Hellmut Wollmann, Frank Bönker
    Pages 65-80
  5. José M. Alonso, Judith Clifton, Daniel Díaz-Fuentes
    Pages 81-96
  6. Jana Soukopová, Beata Mikušová Meričková, Juraj Nemec
    Pages 151-169
  7. Harald Torsteinsen, Marieke van Genugten, Łukasz Mikuła, Carla Puiggrós Mussons, Esther Pano Puey
    Pages 171-189
  8. Pierre Bauby, Mihaela M. Similie
    Pages 191-206
  9. Giulio Citroni, Marco Di Giulio, Maria Tullia Galanti, Andrea Lippi, Stefania Profeti
    Pages 225-242
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 343-345

About this book


This book explains the increasing demand for evaluation as a result of the increasing frequency of reforms to local services, influenced by the New Public Management doctrine, the severe austerity policy in many European countries, and the wish to increase quality and reduce costs of public services, especially at the local (sub-national) level. Positioned at the interface of local services and evaluation research, it will enable the utilization of evaluation-generated knowledge in evidence-based policy making by focusing on the lessons learned from evaluation of local service delivery. It encompasses local public and social services (including waste, water, public transport, healthcare, education and eldercare) and examines the hypothesis that there is a North-West–South-East divide in Europe in terms of the evaluation of local service reforms. Particular attention is devoted to the explanatory function of evaluation. Providing fresh insight into the functioning of local government machinery in contemporary Europe, this book will appeal in particular to practitioners and students of local government, public economy, public administration and policy.


Public and Social Services New Public Management austerity policy local public sector reforms local service reforms in Europe sub-national governments Regulatory impact assessment regulatory policy evidence-based policy performance management and evaluation personal social services evaluation approaches marketization of public services privatization of public services inter-municipal cooperation Public Sector Agentification decentralisation reform public management modernization Policy Evaluation Capacity local service provision

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivan Koprić
    • 1
  • Hellmut Wollmann
    • 2
  • Gérard Marcou
    • 3
  1. 1.Administrative Science and Local GovernmentUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Institute for Social SciencesHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.GRALE (Groupement de Recherche sur l’Administration Locale en Europe)University Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParisFrance

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