The project “Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison (‘LocRef’)” presented by Prof. Kuhlmann – Interview

sabine-kuhlmannSabine Kuhlmann

Professor – Chair of the COST Action ‘LocRef’

Since April 2013 Sabine Kuhlmann is Professor for Political Science, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam. Since September 2012 she is Vice-President of EGPA, since September 2016 she is IIAS Vice-president for Western Europe and since January 2017 Vice-president of the National Regulatory Control Council of the German Federal Government (Nationaler Normenkontrollrat). Sabine Kuhlmann is also Deputy Editor of the International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS) and Editorial Board member of various PA-journals (inter alia Public Administration Review – PAR; der moderne staat – dms”). She chaired the COST Action “Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison”. Her work and research focus on comparative public administration; administration modernization/international public sector; comparative local and regional government; reforms evaluation, better regulation, regulatory impact assessment; multi-level governance and decentralization.

We thank Prof Kuhlmann for presenting the COST Action on Local Public Sector Reforms in Europe and her opinion(s) she shared in the following video realized by Dr Fabienne Maron:

The Future of Local Government in Europe. Lessons from Research and Practice in 31 Countries”

(Schwab/Bouckaert/Kuhlmann 2017, Nomos: Baden-Baden) has been published.

It is also available for free download here: https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/9783845280639/the-future-of-local-government-in-europe

Over recent decades, local governments in Europe have come increasingly under pressure facing a multitude of old and new challenges. Consequently, a wave of political and administrative reforms aimed at coping with these pressures has changed local governance in many nations. Local governments are not only responsible for efficient administration, high-quality services and a legally correct execution of laws, but also for ensuring legitimacy, democratic participation, accountability and trust – often under the conditions of austerity. This volume presents research findings of an international project on local public sector reforms in 31 countries and derives advice for policymakers to shape the future of local governments in Europe. The authors address basic reform areas and key features of local governance like autonomy, performance and participation. The book targets academics, students and practitioners interested in (the future of) local government.