The Provision of Public Services in Europe: Between State, by Hellmut Wollmann

By Hellmut Wollmann

The booklet is the 1st of its sort to supply a comparative research of the availability of social and public companies in France, Italy, Germany, the united kingdom and Norway. This quantity, co-authored via best nationwide specialists, topically examines even if, while, how and why the supply of social and public providers, which was once traditionally a accountability of neighborhood specialists, has been considerably shifted to marketized and commodified kinds. even if, regardless of this substantial switch, there were contemporary symptoms of remunicipalisation in a few sectors. Combining either cross-country and cross-policy comparisons in a wide diversity of pertinent carrier fields, this quantity fills a visible hole within the overseas literature at the moment to be had. Mirroring the underlying interdisciplinary method of the e-book, the findings may be attention-grabbing and tasty to scholars of legislation and economics in addition to political technology. educational researchers and politicians on all intergovernmental degrees also will locate this publication insightful and stimulating.

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The Provision of Public Services in Europe: Between State, Local Government and Market

The booklet is the 1st of its variety to supply a comparative research of the availability of social and public prone in France, Italy, Germany, the united kingdom and Norway. This quantity, co-authored through best nationwide specialists, topically examines no matter if, while, how and why the supply of social and public companies, which used to be traditionally a accountability of neighborhood specialists, has been considerably shifted to marketized and commodified kinds.

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29). Due to the vertical functional division between legislation, exercised predominantly by the federation, and administration, almost exclusively in the hands of the Länder and local authorities, a significant degree of functional interlocking and interdependence between the federal and Länder levels has ensued (see Benz, 2005), often referred to as ‘cooperative federalism’ (kooperativer Föderalismus), involving negotiation between multiple vertical and horizontal actor networks (Verhandlungsföderalismus).

2008b, pp. ). 0 Notes: a Germany: municipalities + counties (without Länder). b Italy: comuni, province and regioni. c UK: two-tier county and district/borough levels as well as single-tier unitary authorities. Source: Data from Dexia (2008), own compilation + calculation, own table (Wollmann). 3, line 2 for a somewhat rough indicator). The provision of social services has traditionally been a prime responsibility of local government that can be traced back to medieval times. ) being primarily delivered by non-profit organizations (so-called ‘free welfare organizations’, freie Wohlfahrtsverbände) (see Bönker and Wollmann, 2006, 2008; Bönker, Hill and Marzanati, Chapter 4 in this volume).

F As of 1 January 2009 comprising syndicats à vocation unique, SIVU; syndicats à vocation multiple, SIVOM, syndicats mixtes or syndicats ‘à la carte’. g As of 1 January 2009: 16 communautés urbaines, 174 communautés d’agglomération, 2406 communautés de communes, 5 syndicats d’agglomération nouvelle. 5 million inhabitants (Lombardie). 4 UK 18 The provision of public services in Europe a constitutional peculiarity of Germany’s federal system enables Länder governments to participate directly in federal legislation and policy-making through the upper chamber of parliament, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) (Wollmann and Bouckaert, 2006; Wachendorfer-Schmidt, 2004).

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