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Overestimating the shift from government to governance in Swiss metropolitan areas

It’s commonly accepted that public sector reforms in Western democracies have caused a shift from government to governance.  But Philippe Koch argues in the current issue of Governance that reform in Swiss metropolitan areas in the latter half of the twentieth century did not follow this trend. Instead, reforms usually traced “a path to government” — either through the shift of powers from local to metropolitan authorities, or from general purpose to task-specific jurisdictions.  “Network governance,” Koch concludes, “seems to be a step within the process of metropolitan governance reform rather than the final result of it.” Read the article.

Written by Governance

September 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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