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.

The Instruments of Intergovernmental Management

The instruments of intergovernmental management

If this Handbook had been published two decades ago, the discussion of instruments of intergovernmental management would have been a very straightforward and relatively simple exposition. For at that point it would be assumed that intergovernmental management focused almost entirely on vertical relationships between levels of government and, occasionally, on horizontal relationships between levels of government. The metaphor that was developed in the US literature that captured this set of relationships was ‘picket fence federalism’ — alliances between program specialists or professionals that transcend the level of government in which they serve (Wright, 1988: 83).

The initial literatures that developed this frame of reference assumed that traditional approaches to institutional authority would remain. The first writings on ...

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