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Metropolitan challenges and reform pressures across Europe – the perspectives of city mayors


Dlabac, Oliver; Medir, Lluís; Tomàs, Mariona; Lackowska, Marta (2018). Metropolitan challenges and reform pressures across Europe – the perspectives of city mayors. Local Government Studies, 44(2):229-254.

Abstract

Metropolitan governance arrangements and their policy purposes have been a matter of debate among researchers and practitioners around the globe. While we may trace three broad schools of metropolitan governance – reform school, public choice theory and new regionalism – with each still having its proponents, we are interested to learn whether there are assumptions on metropolitan governance that have today become general knowledge among urban political elites. By investigating the attitudes and perceptions of city mayors across Europe, we show that functional multipurpose governance bodies are indeed more generally associated with equitable service distribution, whereas the preconditions for cost-efficiency and sustainable development are more equivocally placed at different modes of governance. Moreover, we show that a perceived general lack of problem-solving capacities does not automatically translate into pressures for metropolitan reform, but it is only in combination with a general disaffection with the governance structures currently in place.

Abstract

Metropolitan governance arrangements and their policy purposes have been a matter of debate among researchers and practitioners around the globe. While we may trace three broad schools of metropolitan governance – reform school, public choice theory and new regionalism – with each still having its proponents, we are interested to learn whether there are assumptions on metropolitan governance that have today become general knowledge among urban political elites. By investigating the attitudes and perceptions of city mayors across Europe, we show that functional multipurpose governance bodies are indeed more generally associated with equitable service distribution, whereas the preconditions for cost-efficiency and sustainable development are more equivocally placed at different modes of governance. Moreover, we show that a perceived general lack of problem-solving capacities does not automatically translate into pressures for metropolitan reform, but it is only in combination with a general disaffection with the governance structures currently in place.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:mayors, metropolitan governance, equity, cost-efficiency, sustainable development, reform pressure
Language:English
Date:April 2018
Deposited On:12 Nov 2018 12:47
Last Modified:28 Feb 2019 08:09
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0300-3930
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2017.1411811

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