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Vertical relations after the financial crisis


Dlabac, Oliver; Lackowska, Marta; Kübler, Daniel (2018). Vertical relations after the financial crisis. In: Heinelt, Hubert; Magnier, Annick; Cabria, Marcello; Reynaert, Herwig. Political leaders and changing local democracy: the european mayor. Basingstoke: Springer (Bücher), 297-326.

Abstract

This chapter explores the dynamics of vertical power relations before and after the financial crisis of 2007, as perceived by city mayors across Europe. Against the thesis of a convergence of intergovernmental relations in the ‘North’ and ‘South’ of Europe, we show how countries from different state traditions have actually followed different paths of decentralization and centralization. Differences between North and South persist with regard to not only power relations, but also mayors’ rescaling strategies for enhancing their scope of action. Mayors in the North try to defend their role in the national political system, whereas mayors in the South and East rely heavily on attracting external resources. The investigation of variation within countries suggests that financially troubled cities in the South were more likely to experience a trend towards recentralization, whereas cities in economic hardship in Central Eastern Europe show signs of complementing their economic rescaling strategy with a political strategy for resisting centralization.

Abstract

This chapter explores the dynamics of vertical power relations before and after the financial crisis of 2007, as perceived by city mayors across Europe. Against the thesis of a convergence of intergovernmental relations in the ‘North’ and ‘South’ of Europe, we show how countries from different state traditions have actually followed different paths of decentralization and centralization. Differences between North and South persist with regard to not only power relations, but also mayors’ rescaling strategies for enhancing their scope of action. Mayors in the North try to defend their role in the national political system, whereas mayors in the South and East rely heavily on attracting external resources. The investigation of variation within countries suggests that financially troubled cities in the South were more likely to experience a trend towards recentralization, whereas cities in economic hardship in Central Eastern Europe show signs of complementing their economic rescaling strategy with a political strategy for resisting centralization.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:mayors, vertical relations, financial crisis, decentralisation, rescaling strategies
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:16 Jan 2018 13:48
Last Modified:12 Aug 2021 13:32
Publisher:Springer (Bücher)
Series Name:Governance and Public Management
ISBN:978-3-319-67410-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67410-0_10

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