Comparative Local Governance

Gerry Stoker

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Comparative Local Governance

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This article discusses comparative local governance, and shows how the study of comparative local governance has taken on a ‘new’ institutional slant. It examines how the systems of governance are built via a complex interplay between informal and formal institutional forces. It determines that the key area of investigation in comparative local governance is the study of regimes, which are the ways of organizing power in complex societies in order to ensure outcomes similar to particular interests. The article also explores work on urban regimes as an exemplar of a more ‘new’ institutionalist understanding of comparative local governance.

Keywords: comparative local governance; systems of governance; institutional forces; study of regimes; urban regimes; institutionalist understanding

Article.  8586 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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