Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis

National Trajectories and International Comparisons

  • Sabine Kuhlmann
  • Geert Bouckaert

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Re-Scaling Local Governance: Amalgamation, Cooperation, Territorial Consolidation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Reto Steiner, Claire Kaiser, Grétar Thór Eythórsson
      Pages 23-42
    3. Jostein Askim, Jan Erling Klausen, Signy Irene Vabo, Karl Bjurstrøm
      Pages 59-79
  3. Managerial Reforms: From Weberian Bureaucracy to Performance Management?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Riccardo Mussari, Alfredo Ettore Tranfaglia, Christoph Reichard, Hilde Bjørnå, Vitalis Nakrošis, Sabina Bankauskaitė-Grigaliūnienė
      Pages 101-119
    3. Emil Turc, Marcel Guenoun, Miguel Ângelo V. Rodrigues, Yüksel Demirkaya, Jérôme Dupuis
      Pages 121-137
    4. Isabella Proeller, Anne-Kathrin Wenzel, Dominik Vogel, Riccardo Mussari, Donatella Casale, Emil Turc et al.
      Pages 139-152
  4. Re-Organizing Local Service Delivery: From Government to Governance?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Lars Skov Henriksen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, Malene Thøgersen, Annette Zimmer
      Pages 221-236
    3. Nikos Hlepas, Pekka Kettunen, Dagmar Kutsar, Muiris MacCarthaigh, Carmen Navarro, Philipp Richter et al.
      Pages 237-251
  5. Local Participatory Reforms, Political Leaders, and Citizens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Angelika Vetter, Daniel Klimovský, Bas Denters, Norbert Kersting
      Pages 273-286
    3. Anders Lidström, Harald Baldersheim, Colin Copus, Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir, Pekka Kettunen, Daniel Klimovský
      Pages 287-300
    4. Colin Copus, Angel Iglesias, Miro Hacek, Michal Illner, Anders Lidström
      Pages 301-315
    5. Norbert Kersting, Jana Gasparikova, Angel Iglesias, Jelizaveta Krenjova
      Pages 317-331
    6. Bas Denters, Andreas Ladner, Poul Erik Mouritzen, Lawrence E. Rose
      Pages 333-345
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-366

About this book


This book compares the trajectories and effects of local public sector reform in Europe and fills a research gap that has existed so far in comparative public administration and local government studies. Based on the results of COST research entitled, ‘Local Public Sector Reforms: an International Comparison’, this volume takes a European-scale approach, examining local government in 28 countries. Local government has been the most seriously affected by the continuously expanding global financial crisis and austerity policies in some countries, and is experiencing a period of increased reform activity as a result. This book considers both those local governments which have adopted or moved away from New Public Management (NPM) modernization to ‘something different’ (what some commentators have labelled ‘post-NPM’), as well as those which have implemented ‘other-than-NPM measures’, such as territorial reforms and democratic innovations. 

Sabine Kuhlmann is Full Professor of Political Science, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Since 2011, she has been a member of the National Regulatory Control Council of the German Federal Government and, since 2012, Vice-President of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and Chair of the COST-Action LocRef. 

Geert Bouckaert is Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the former Director of the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium. He is Coordinator of the Policy Research Centre - Governmental Organization - Decisive Governance and President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS).


Public administration Public sector modernization Local democracy New Public Management Decentralization

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Kuhlmann
    • 1
  • Geert Bouckaert
    • 2
  1. 1.Political Science, Administration and OrganizationUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesKU Leuven Public Governance InstituteLeuvenBelgium

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