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Title: Modelling local autonomy and dependence through cooperative relations
Author: Medir Tejado, Lluís
Pano Puey, Esther
Keywords: Administració local
Administració pública
Cooperació intergovernamental
Relacions intergovernamentals
Local government
Public administration
Intergovernmental cooperation
Interstate relations
Issue Date: 24-Mar-2018
Publisher: Emerald
Abstract: Purpose Given the spread of multi‐level governance tools, interaction between local and regional governments has become an important mechanism for service delivery and the implementation of public policies. The paper will empirically test a model of cooperative relations affecting local governments and thus having impact on local autonomy and dependence. Design/methodology/approach This article takes previous typologies as a starting point to theoretically build and empirically test a model of cooperative relations based on two selected indicators: the degree of autonomy-dependence and the degree of rigidity-flexibility of the cooperative system. In a second step, the authors stimulate the model numerically to match real data on it coming from South‐European local governments to assess the functioning of the theory in a concrete space and time. Findings The combination of the aforementioned concepts, creates a four-option theoretical model that describes four possible situations where cooperative intergovernmental relations can be empirically placed. Originality/value This article points out the need to incorporate empirical studies to trace the characteristics and evolution of the cooperative relations between local governments and upper tiers. This is particularly relevant if we are referring to mechanisms that can vary through time. In the current big and open data era, this empirical process will become easier and more affordable. In this context, local government studies benefit from particular features that improve the operation of this kind of analysis: large 'N' configuration (a large number of units to be included) and a reasonable equivalence in concepts and bodies that allows comparability.
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It is part of: International Journal of Public Sector Management, 2018, vol. 31, num. 4, p. 410-425
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ISSN: 0951-3558
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret)

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