The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges


Thomas (Thom) F. Reilly (Editor)
Professor, School of Public Affairs, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
BISAC: MED078000

The quality of local governance matters more than ever before. To many citizens, their local government is the most tangible form of government, and it is also the layer of government with which they have most contact in their everyday life. The power of the local administration is that it represents ordinary citizens. People eat, drink, work, play and socialize with others in towns and cities. To be fully effective, local government management and service delivery capacity needs to be strong, and resources need to be adequate. Civil society and businesses are essential actors in ensuring local governments have the capacity to meet the needs of its citizens.

There are a host of challenges that confront local government in the 21st century: delivering quality services; lack of finance and local fiscal autonomy; engaging citizens and communities in meaningful and authentic ways; forming effective partnerships which incentivize local actors to find solutions to the many complex and intractable issues facing communities; generating inclusive and sustainable development; implementing strategies for disaster risk reduction; managing transparent communications; and, rapidly evolving technologies and socio-economic demographics.

The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges is about the role that ideas, institutions, and actors play in structuring how people govern local communities and, more specifically, the types of adaptations necessary in local government roles and responsibilities, structures, and processes to effectively respond to a changing local government environment.

Global changes require that we rethink local governance. A wide net of international experts on local governance was assembled for this volume to stimulate frank conversations around the many contemporary challenges facing local government. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



I. Urban Planning and Participatory Governance

Chapter 1. Riding Roughshod Over People: Reading Politics, Economy and Civil Society in Metropolization. A Case Study in Rome
Giulio Moini and Barbara Pizzo (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

Chapter 2. Challenges in Public-Private Partnerships: The Case of the Chapultepec Cultural Corridor in Mexico City
Jessica De Alba-Ulloa and Juan Arellanes-Arellanes (Universidad Anáhuac México, Mexico)

Chapter 3. Citizen Initiative Review: Engaging Citizens in Local Government
Erica McFadden and Thomas F. Reilly (Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University, AZ, USA)

II. Leveraging Communication and Technologies to Strengthen Accountability

Chapter 4. Communication in Spanish Local Bodies: Working for Politicians Rather than Citizens
Pablo Vázquez-Sande and Andrea Valencia-Bermúdez (Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Chapter 5. An Inquiry for Local Open Government Data Policy: Is Proactive Models of Open Government Data Portal Possible in Turkey?
Naci Karkin and Nilay Yavuz (Pamukkale University, Turkey, and others)

Chapter 6. E-Government Development and Challenges of Freeing Public Sector Information
Proscovia Svärd (Södertörn University, Sweden)

III. Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Chapter 7. Key Measurements for Local Infrastructure Sustainability: Case Study of Communities in Thailand
Preenithi Aksorn and Chotchai Charoenngam (Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and others)

Chapter 8. The Spatiality of Citizenship and Governance: The Case of Water and Sanitation in Durban, South Africa
Sagie Narsiah (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

IV. Decentralization, Local Self-Governance and Fiscal Autonomy

Chapter 9. To Consolidate or Not to Consolidate: An Analysis of the Enabling Legislation that Facilitates City-County Consolidation
Pamela M. Schaal, Charles D. Taylor and Dagney Faulk (Ball State University, IN, USA)

Chapter 10. Tsunami, Civil Society and Sharia Law in Aceh, Indonesia: Intersection of Disaster, Decentralization and Gender Relations
Siti Kusujiarti (Warren Wilson College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, USA)

Chapter 11. Russian Local Self-Government: The Evolution Towards Its End
Kristina Gushchina and Pavel Kononenko (University of Cologne, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany, and others)

Chapter 12. The Size of Local Government in a Three-Tier Federal Government System with Special Reference to New South Wales, Australia
Peter Abelson (Managing Director, Applied Economics Pty Ltd., and Mayor of Mosman Council, New South Wales, Australia)

Chapter 13. Mobilizing Local Resources for Financing Sustainable Urbanization: The Missing Link in Sustainable Development Finance
Charlotte Lafitte and Nathalie Le Denmat (United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Spain, and others)

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