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Governance in Transition

  • Ján Buček
  • Andrew Ryder

Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Andrew Ryder
    Pages 1-15
  3. Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, and Development

  4. Crossborder and International Co-operation in Development

  5. Administrative Systems, Services Delivery and Local Finance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-341

About this book


Since the 1980s, there has been a global trend to give more power to local governments.  Even in Korea and the United Kingdom, the most centralised countries in the OECD, local government powers have increased, with substantial economic benefits. Within the European Union, the principle of subsidiarity has enshrined the idea of devolution.  New member states, particularly in central and eastern Europe, have significantly created new and self-sufficient local and regional governments. However, this process has been complicated.  Devolution is not a panacea in its own right, and need not lead to economic growth. While it can encourage savings through  collaboration, it can also lead to confused lines of authority and can complicate policy formation and implantation. Devolution can strain local budgets, forcing local governments to rely on their own sources of finance, rather than central government transfers. Suburbanisation, rural depopulation, the growth of some regions, and the decline of others have raised new problems, particularly related to inter-governmental cooperation among local governments and different levels of government. In many cases, an increased number of governments has increased administrative costs. This book looks at experience in government restructuring and devolution from a variety of national and international perspectives, both within the European Union and elsewhere, focusing on lessons learned and ways forward.


Decentralization and development Governance reform Political reform Public administration Subsidiarity in practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Ján Buček
    • 1
  • Andrew Ryder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Geography and DemogeographyComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Ján Buček is Associate Professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economic geography at Comenius University. Currently he is Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Governance (since 2008), Vice-President of the Slovak Geographical Society (since 2010) and a member of editorial boards of several scientific journals.
Andrew Ryder is a senior lecturer in geography at the University of Portsmouth. Since 1991, he has also worked as a consultant in regional problems and policies and local government reform for the OECD and other international organisations. He is a member of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Geography of Governance and on the editorial board of several academic journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Governance in Transition
  • Editors Ján Buček
    Andrew Ryder
  • Series Title Springer Geography
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Geography
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5502-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7912-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5503-1
  • Series ISSN 2194-315X
  • Series E-ISSN 2194-3168
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 341
  • Number of Illustrations 30 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic Geology
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