Comparative Local Governance

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This article discusses comparative local governance, and shows how the study of comparative local governance has taken on a 'new' institutional slant. It examines how the systems of governance are built via a complex interplay between informal and formal institutional forces. It determines that the key area of investigation in comparative local governance is the study of regimes, which are the ways of organizing power in complex societies in order to ensure outcomes similar to particular interests. The article also explores work on urban regimes as an exemplar of a more 'new' institutionalist understanding of comparative local governance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions
EditorsRod A. W. Rhodes, Sarah A. Binder, Bert A. Rockman
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577420
ISBN (Print)9780199548460
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


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