Institutional shifts in inter-municipal service delivery:an analysis of developments in eight Western European countries


Comparative research on inter-municipal cooperation in eight European countries shows that there is a great variety of institutional arrangements for cooperation across the different countries. Also, these arrangements tend to change over time in terms of the scope of cooperation among partners, their composition and the degree of organizational integration. This article describes and analyzes the variety of and shifts in institutional arrangements for a specific class of inter-municipal cooperation arrangements: those that are set up to provide for the joint delivery of public services. It is argued that specific arrangements are typically the outcomes of interaction between national institutional contexts,?environmental factors and local preferences.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: local government,inter-municipal cooperation,intergovernmental relations,public service delivery,comparative research,Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous),Law
Publication ISSN: 1573-7098
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 17:02
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 17:54
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Published Date: 2009-09
Published Online Date: 2009-07-15
Authors: Hulst, Rudie
van Montfort, André
Haveri, Arto
Airaksinen, Jenni
Kelly, Josephine



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