This is a true state-of-theart volume in the fields of local
governance, decentralization, and local democracy. It summarizes
many of the insights emerging from original research of the past
decade. It is also a future-looking volume with explicit policy
relevance, paving the way for innovative thinking, and acting, on
the next phase of development in the field.
In a unique way this book brings together authoritative
contributions from authors who to a large extent have been defining
the field for the last decade or more. It looks at how good
governance is created from top-down and bottom-up perspectives,
illustrated through a wide variety of case studies. The case
studies were selected for their relevance to the theoretical
perspectives offered, as well as for their paradigmatic power in
the current global evolution of decentralized policies and
The volume concludes that overall, local development and local
politics will not go away --it has a huge potential --but also that
the field is full of unfulfilled promises, some of which could be
remedied through the perspectives revealed in this volume.
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