Political Leadership in a Global Age: The Experience of France and Norway

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Harald Baldersheim, Jean-Pascal Daloz
Ashgate, 2003 - Political Science - 269 pages
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Responses to globalization in politics and governance at national, regional and local levels of government in France and Norway are explored in this study. France and Norway are European contrasts in most respects: the former is a central force in European integration, the latter is a sceptical outsider, one represents a Great Power tradition, the other small state internationalism. Both are highly developed welfare states, however, and both feel that globalization is posing a threat to existing welfare arrangements. What are the similarities and differences between the two countries with regard to the way the globalization debate is framed? Does globalization drive a convergence of governance and leadership? The latter issue is discussed against a background of updated information on the development of politics across levels of government.

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Norbert Kersting is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Marburg, Germany. He has also coordinated large-scale research programmes on political participation and democratization. He has published extensively on public sector reform and new instruments of participation in a comparative perspective. He is a member of the board of the standing research committee on local government in the International Association of Political Science.
Harald Baldersheim is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has published extensively on leadership and innovation in local and regional government. He has coordinated large-scale research programmes on processes of democratization in post-communist Europe and has also studied the spread of new communication technologies in Third World countries. He served as the chairperson of the standing research committee on local government in the International Association of Political Science.

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