Linking Regions and Central Governments

Contracts for Regional Development

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A trend toward decentralisation has meant that sub-national governments increasingly find themselves responsible for providing a host of public goods and services. Rarely, however, can they "go it alone". Co-ordination among levels of government is imperative. This book offers a unique analytic framework for assessing multi-level governance arrangements, which is subsequently applied to five case studies of regional development policy: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The book reveals the importance of contractual arrangements for customised management of interdependencies, for clarifying responsibilities among actors, for dialogue, and for learning.

English Also available in: French


The Case of Germany

This chapter provides an overview of regional policy and the use of contracts among levels of government in Germany. While contracting is not common in Germany, attention is given to the use of “joint tasks” and competitive tenders, specifically for the InnoRegio programme. The case study incorporates an overview of German federalism and a discussion of the contracting mechanisms (as applied prior to the 2006 constitutional reform). The chapter concludes with policy advice derived from the analysis.

English Also available in: French

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