This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

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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