Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
Local governance refers to all levels of government and administration below the central or national state. The terms here may be confusing since some central states themselves are federations of states. So, in countries such as the USA, local governance refers to individual states (such as California and Florida) as well as county and city governments. In general, we might say that the central state is the level treated as a sovereign power in most international negotiations, and local government consists of the levels of government below the center so conceived. But, of course, even that picture is confused by the rise of regional organizations such as the European Union that then represent their member states in some international negotiations.
The organization and powers ...