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Martin Painter

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 14: Intergovernmental Relations and Public Administration

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Intergovernmental Relations and Public Administration
Intergovernmental relations and public administration

As a field of study, intergovernmental relations (or central-local relations as it was conventionally labelled in unitary states) has a number of dimensions, including the division of powers and functions among levels of government; the administrative and political relations between levels and between the units of subnational government; and the ‘interstitial’ activities, relationships and organizations that arise between levels and units (an aspect that has received growing attention). In turn, each of these areas has been studied from a variety of perspectives or disciplines - administrative, fiscal, legal, political and sociological.

With the growth of government in the twentieth century, the field became an increasingly significant one for scholars of public administration, as it was apparent that ...

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