Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-259) and index.
1. Introduction -- 2. structure of government in Prague : building a strong local state -- 3. Institutions and political actors in early post-communist Prague -- 4. Planning and developing the main road network : the politics of mutual delegitimation -- 5. Preservation and development in Prague's historic core : the politics of profit -- 6. Institutional change and government performance : lessons from Prague -- App. Data on interviews.