This book looks at the development of local government on a global scale. Leon van den Dool explores local government from a practical standpoint, including human resource policy and financial management, offers a concise summary of modern public management theories, and links this theory with practice, providing case studies from countries at different stages of development.
A valuable tool for students and scholars of management, Making Local Government Work is also an excellent overview for anyone interested in how such organizations really operate.
Leon van den Dool (1967) is a senior expert in public management at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) as well as the advisory group for local government of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is the author of Local Learning. The Role of African Local Public Organisations in Development Projects (Eburon, 2003).
This book is an excellent starting point for further study. It attempts to bridge the gap between north and south and provides a concise overview of current thinking in the field of public administration. I am convinced the book can contribute to a better functioning of local governments.
(Prof. Dr. J.W. Björkman, Institute of Social Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands)