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Mayors and Administrative Reforms

  • Sabine Kuhlmann
  • Markus Seyfried
  • Irena Bačlija Brajnik
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Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Abstract

In recent decades, a wave of administrative reforms has changed local governance in many European countries. However, our knowledge about differences as well as similarities between the countries, driving forces, impacts, perceptions, and evaluation of these reforms is still limited. In the chapter, the authors give an overview about mayors’ perceptions and evaluations of two major reform trajectories: (a) re-organisation of local service delivery and (b) internal administrative/managerial reforms. Furthermore, differences between (groups of) countries as well as similarities among them are shown in these two fields of administrative reform. Finally, the authors tried to identify explanatory factors for specific perceptions of administrative reforms at the local level.

Keywords

New public management Local administrative systems Administrative reform Public-private partnerships 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Kuhlmann
    • 1
  • Markus Seyfried
    • 2
  • Irena Bačlija Brajnik
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Chair of Political Sciences,Administration and OrganizationUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Research Fellow, Chair for German Politics and GovernmentUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Faculty for Social SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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