Managing Change in Local Governance

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Decentralisation has become an integral part of local government reform programmes in recent years. But how to put these changes into effect? This book explores the reasons for making these changes, and applies recent thinking in change management to the particular challenges facing all those who are seeking to make their local governance systems more responsive. Written by internationally renowned experts from the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK, and advisers at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Managing Change in Local Governance looks at the key drivers for change in local government, and at the factors which those implementing change need to take into account to ensure success. For senior managers in local government, policy makers in ministries of local government, and students and researchers in public administration with an interest in local government issues.



Introduction: Managing Change in Local Governance

Local government plays a constructive role in a society as an agent of change and development. It represents the interests of a particular locality at the micro-level, leading to a broader concept of the welfare and happiness of its people. The Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat (GIDD) believes that although the signs of a well-run sociery are visible, and are a matter of day-to-day observation, the structures which underpin it are hidden.


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