Abstracts: February 21st, 2000

Hendriks F, Tops PPublic Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 1

Start page: 133. No of pages: 21

Compares trends in local government in The Netherlands and Germany, chronicling the progress of local government reform in both countries over the past twenty years. Sees the 1980s in The Netherlands as being a period in which the New Public Management, with its emphasis on business-like practice, took hold; the 1990s as being a period in which a number of problems emerged within local government which led to a rethink and a renewed emphasis on involving citizens in decision-making processes. Sees Germany as reversing these trends – the 1980s characterized by citizen participation; the 1990s by the rise of concepts associated with New Public Management. Assesses why these two countries should have travelled in different directions, analysing the influence of the financial crises, legitimacy crises, and the role of formal and informal institutions in shaping local government.


Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts

Style: Wholly theoretical. ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 28AR223

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