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The Forum of Federations Handbook on Local Government in Federal Systems

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  • Provides insights on the role, structure, and trends of local government arrangements in 16 countries
  • Includes reflections on changes to multi-level governance dynamics in federal/decentralized countries
  • Comparative analysis on local government including finances, intergovernmental relations, and political culture
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About this book

This book brings together leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to examine the current roles of and future trends in local government structures and mechanisms in 16 different federal and federal-type countries. In doing so, this volume explores pressing topics such as the institutions of local government, constitutional recognition, financial management, intergovernmental relations, political culture, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the role of local government in federal systems. Contributors to this volume provide a timely and comprehensive account of the integral role local governments play in federal countries and offer fascinating perspectives on how these roles may change as individual federal systems evolve. These individual analyses are contextualized in a comparative perspective in order to gain a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities of various local government dynamics in different regions around the world.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

    Nico Steytler

About the editor

Nico Steytler is Professor of Public Law and the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development at the Dullah Omar Institute of Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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