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Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Steiner Reto, Kaiser Claire, Eythórsson Grétar Thór,
Project Local Autonomy and Local Public Sector Reforms
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Local public sector reforms in times of crisis : national trajectories and international comparisons
Editor , Kuhlmann Sabine; , Bouckaert Geert
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan UK, London
Page(s) 23 - 42
ISBN 978-1-137-52547-5
Title of proceedings Local public sector reforms in times of crisis : national trajectories and international comparisons
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-52548-2_2

Abstract

The chapter provides an overview of the municipal structures, reform objectives, strategies, patterns of conflicts, and outcomes associated with amalgamation reforms in European countries on the basis of the perception of country experts. The results indicate that the objectives of amalgamation reforms primarily concern efficiency and service delivery criteria. The amalgamation strategies chosen by the countries are very heterogeneous. Whereas some countries chose top-down strategies with intervention from the central government, others prefer bottom-up strategies. Patterns of conflict during amalgamation processes are primarily related to the divide between central and local government as well as between small and large municipalities. The results indicate that the most important outcomes are improved service quality and, to some extent, cost savings.
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