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Localism and Centralism in Europe: The Political and Legal Bases of Local Self-Government

Edward C. Page


Why do some countries appear to be far more centralized than others? In some countries local government has responsibility for a wide range of public services, while in others these services are delivered by national and other non-local bodies. Moreover national government oversees the operation of local government with varying degrees of stringency. In addition, local politicians in some countries seem to have greater influence over their national counterparts than those in others. The answer to this question can be found in the distinctive patterns of development experienced in southern and ... More

Keywords: centralized government, local government, public services, national government, policy-making, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198277279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward C. Page, author
University of Hull
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