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.



The Changing Role of the State in Development

Several questions underlie the issue of the role of the state. What is the state? What does it do? How does it do it? The history of the first three-quarters of the Twentieth century can be seen as one where states held clear authority within theit holders, acquired growing functions and tended to perform thern on theit own. The lattet part of the twentieth century and early twenty-fitst century take a more porous view of the nation state, whete it has fewet ditectty performed functions and works more in partnership wirh orher actots.


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