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Author Sellers, Jefferey M., author
Title Multilevel democracy : how local institutions and civil society shape the modern state / Jefferey Sellers, Anders LidstroÌ̂m, Yooil Bae
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  JS113 .S45 2020    AVAILABLE    30650020093601
Descript xv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-392) and index
Introduction: Taking local institutions seriously -- Multilevel democracy and the modern state -- Multilevel democracies : a cross-sectional comparison -- Trajectories of local state formation -- The local state and the formation of civil society -- The policy state and local governance -- The quality of multilevel democracy -- Postscript. Constructing multilevel democracy
"This volume presents the first systematic comparative analysis of national traditions of local democracy across the developed world, as well as their origins and evolution. It reveals how inclusive local institutions that integrate national and local governance make democracy work better. Across most of the developed world, early forms of the national state entrenched the local power of elites. In Anglo-American and Swiss democracies, state formation imposed enduring tensions with local civic governance. In contrast, inclusive, integrative local institutions in Northern Europe enabled close links with central government around common local and national agendas, producing better governance and fuller democracy to the present day. Through comparative analysis, the authors demonstrate how institutions for local governance and the participation of civil society differ widely among developed democracies, and how local democracy relates to national democracy. The resulting insights fundamentally recast our understanding of how to build and maintain more effective democracies"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Central-local government relations
Local government
Civil society
Comparative government
Alt Author Lidström, Anders, 1953- author
Bae, Yooil, 1972- author
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