Title: Overestimating the shift from government to governance : evidence from Swiss metropolitan areas
Authors : Koch, Philippe
et. al : No
Published in : Governance
Volume(Issue) : 26
Issue : 3
Pages : 397
Pages to: 423
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley
Issue Date: 2013
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Agglomerationspolitik; ZVV; Public transport
Subject (DDC) : 320: Politics
Abstract: There is an oft-stated claim in political science research that public sector reforms in Western democracies are consistent with a shift from government to governance. This article challenges that claim. Based on a comparative analysis of governance reforms in Swiss metropolitan areas, the article reveals that what seems to be a shift to governance may turn out to be a path to government, however, including a change either from the local to the metropolitan level or from general-purpose authorities to task-specific jurisdictions. Further, the article analyzes the political dynamics behind governance reforms. It shows that exogenous pressures put existing governance schemes under strain. Its impact, however, is mediated by the initial institutional setting and the narratives responding to case-specific political dilemmas.
Departement: Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Urban Landscape (IUL)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2012.01600.x
ISSN: 0952-1895
1468-0491
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/18260
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen

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