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.
Center-local relations refer to the political and administrative relationships that exist between a central state and the local governments within its territorial borders. Some analyses of center-local relations focus on the spectrum that runs from centralization to decentralization. A state favoring centralization will amass power at the center: the center develops a top-down chain of command through which to play a prominent role in formulating and implementing policies throughout its territory. Conversely, a state favoring decentralization will distribute power to local governments: sub-national bodies play a more active role in the policy process.
Other analyses of center-local relations consider the institutional relationships and control mechanisms that exist between a state and its local parts. A common distinction here is the one between unitary ...