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Title: Inter-municipal cooperation and costs: Expectations and evidence
Author: Bel i Queralt, Germà, 1963-
Warner, Mildred E.
Keywords: Administració local
Reforma administrativa
Control de costos
Serveis públics
Local government
Government reorganization
Cost control
Public utilities
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Abstract: Austerity and fiscal crisis make the search for cost saving reforms in local government more critical. While cost savings from privatization have frequently proven ephemeral, inter-municipal cooperation has been a relatively understudied reform. We analyze the literature on cost savings under cooperation and find savings are dependent on (1) the cost structure of public services, particularly those related to scale and density economies and externalities, (2) the structure of local government (size, metropolitan location, powers granted by the nation or regional state), and 3) the governance framework at the local/regional scale where cooperation varies from informal to formal. European studies give more emphasis to cost savings, while US studies focus on coordination concerns arising from the higher degree of devolution in the US local government system.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: 10.1111/padm.12104
It is part of: Public Administration, 2015, vol. 93, num. 1, p. 52-67
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ISSN: 0033-3298
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada)

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