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Comparative aspects of institutional variants for local public service provision
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Potsdam University.
2010 (English)In: The provision of public services in Europe: between state, local government and market / [ed] Hellmut Wollmann, Gérard Marcou, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010, 217-239 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses the various institutional arrangements for the delivery of local public services in France, Germany and Italy. It has a comparative focus but provides an analysis of how the different institutional variants of service provision have developed over time. In particular, it examines what new arrangements have been adopted and what effects may be expected for municipal governance. The chapter is intended to offer a critical analysis of the overall structures and trends rather than an analysis based on sectoral developments (e.g. water or social care). These may be found in other chapters of the book. With regard to the broad portfolio of local services, our intention is to concentrate on services usually provided by local utilities and which are mostly traded on (regulated) markets (in EU terminology: services of general economic interest), for example infrastructure services and basic services such as water, energy and transport. The chapter is organized as follows. It begins with an overview of institutional patterns in the three countries under study. We make a comparative analysis focusing on corporatization, that is, on the ongoing process of transforming local government units into (semi-)autonomous corporations, most with independent legal status and enjoying considerable managerial freedom. We also identify similarities and differences in patterns of service delivery.

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Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010. 217-239 p.
Keyword [en]
economics and finance, services, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11337DOI: 10.4337/9781849807227.00017Libris ID: 12031968ISBN: 9781848448094 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-11337DiVA: diva2:668719
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2013-12-02Bibliographically approved

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