The first systematic comparative analysis of the challenges faced by municipalities in federations around the world.
Local governments are becoming increasingly important around the world and functions are being shifted across levels of government. This timely comparative analysis breaks new ground in the study of multilevel governance, intergovernmental relations, and municipal government. Spheres of Governance systematically compares the challenges faced by municipalities in Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, with emphasis on the relationship between the municipal and federal levels.
Each chapter analyzes a municipality in relation to its responsibilities, functions, and organization; constitutional and fiscal position; relations with the central government; provincial and state governments mediation of these relationships; and public policy development, especially with regard to emergency planning and immigration and settlement. The chapters also highlight the tensions and pressures for change in the systems.
Contributors include Douglas Brown (St-Francis Xavier - Australia), Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Victoria - France), Rudolf Hrbek and Jan Bodenbender (Tübingen - Germany), Allison Rowland (CIDE - Mexico), Nico Steytler (Western Cape - South Africa), Robert Agranoff (Indiana - Spain), André Bächtiger and Anina Hitz (Bern - Switzerland), and Ronald Vogel (Louisville - U.S).