When do local governance arrangements promote democratic outcomes?
In the current issue of Governance (July 2010), Matteo Bassoli of Bocconi University categorizes recent innovations in local governance and defines two “ideal types” — network governance arrangements and participatory governance arrangements. Drawing on case studies in local governance from the Province of Milan, Bassoli shows how their impact on democratic outcomes is shaped by six factors. Poorly designed local governance arrangements “constantly raise threats to local democracy,” says Bassoli. His analytic scheme bridges disparate literatures on local governance and suggests when democratic outcomes are most likely to be promoted. Read the article.