Global, national and subnational change (political, economic, social and demographic) are forcing local governments to search, reactively or proactively, for alternative organizational patterns and management styles. This book explores different approaches toward local government reorientation in selected Western countries as well as the 'reinvention' of local government in Eastern Europe. Eight national case-studies (U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Norway, Israel, the Czech Republic and Russia) provide the empirical basis. From a theoretical point of view, the book exposes three main critical factors: the range of policy options facing local governments (strategic choice), their organizational capabilities to cope with major environmental shifts (strategic capabilities), and their capacity for organizational learning (including programmed experimentation, innovation and creativity).
THIS BOOK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS: ONE EQUALS INFINITY, TAX-FREE AMERICA, NO MORE REGESTRATION, NOTHING BUT MARRIAGE, SINGLE GENDER FAMILIES, UNCONSTITUTIONAL and LOCAL MAGISTRATE ERRS.
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