Steering from the Centre: Strengthening Political Control in Western Democracies

Edited by Carl Dahlström, B. Guy Peters, and Jon Pierre

© 2011

Governments face new challenges in an era marked by globalization, shifting economic and national security policies, pervasive electronic media, and policy reform. Steering from the Centre details how chief executives in ten Western democracies have responded to governance challenges in the wake of reform ideas such as the New Public Management which stress deregulation and decentralization.

This volume analyzes the extent to which the centre of government can retain political and administrative control when delivery of public services is increasingly done through networks, contacts, partnerships, and a host of other devolved arrangements. International in scope, Steering from the Centre covers the experiences of diverse countries and examines how various centralization/decentralization strategies have played out in these differing national and institutional contexts.

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Steering from the Centre details how chief executives in ten Western democracies have responded to governance challenges in the wake of reform ideas such as the New Public Management which stress deregulation and decentralization.

Steering from the Centre: Strengthening Political Control in Western Democracies

Edited by Carl Dahlström, B. Guy Peters, and Jon Pierre

© 2011

Governments face new challenges in an era marked by globalization, shifting economic and national security policies, pervasive electronic media, and policy reform. Steering from the Centre details how chief executives in ten Western democracies have responded to governance challenges in the wake of reform ideas such as the New Public Management which stress deregulation and decentralization.

This volume analyzes the extent to which the centre of government can retain political and administrative control when delivery of public services is increasingly done through networks, contacts, partnerships, and a host of other devolved arrangements. International in scope, Steering from the Centre covers the experiences of diverse countries and examines how various centralization/decentralization strategies have played out in these differing national and institutional contexts.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Carl Dahlström is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg.



    B. Guy Peters is the Maurice Falk Professor of American Government in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh.



    Jon Pierre is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg.

  • Table of contents

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    Preface

    INTRODUCTION

    1. Steering from the Centre: Strengthening Political Control in Western Democracies by Carl Dalhström (University of Gothenburg), B Guy Peters (University of Pittsburg) and Jon Pierre (University of Gothenburg)

    PART ONE: Continental Europe

    1. Steering from the Centre in France in the 2000s. When Reorganizations meet Politicization by Philippe Bezes and Patrick Le Lidec (both Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches de Sciences Administratives et Politiques)
    2. Steering from the German center: More policy coordination and less policy initiatives by Julia Fleischer (University of Potsdam)
    3. The Core Executive in Italy: A More Visible Skipper, But Still Little Steering by Francesco Stolfi (University College, Dublin)

    PART TWO: Anglo-American Democracies

    1. Central Steering in Australia by John Halligan (UNiversity of Canberra)
    2. Governing from the Center(s): Governance Challenges in the United States by B Guy Peters
    3. Steering from the Centre: The Canadian Way by Donal Savoie (Universite de Montreal)
    4. The Paradoxes of Britain’s Strong Centre: Delegating Decisions and Re-claiming Control by Martin Smith (University of Sheffield)

    PART THREE: Scandinavia

    1. Steering the Swedish State. Politicization as a Coordination Strategy by Carl Dahlström and Jon Pierre
    2. Steering from the Centre in Denmark by Lotte Jensen (University of Copenhagen)
    3. Towards Stronger Political Steering: Programme Management Reform in the Finnish Government by Sirpa Kekkonen (Finnish Government) and Tapio Raunio (University of Tampere, Finland)

    CONCLUSION

    1. Steering Strategies in Western Democracies by Carl Dahlström, B Guy Peters, and Jon Pierre

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