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Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe

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ISBN-10: 1402053789

ISBN-13: 9781402053788

Edition: 2007

Authors: Rudie Hulst, Andr� van Montfort, Rosina L�pez-Fandi�o, R�diger Schade

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Over the past fifty years, local government in Europe has been confronted with escalating scales of production, population migration and market pressures. These developments have complicated its performance, challenged its domain and even threatened its existence. A popular coping strategy is inter-municipal cooperation, a phenomenon that, despite its ubiquity, has not been subject to systematic comparative research. This book presents an overview of inter-municipal cooperation in eight European countries. Each country study sketches its attendant forms, their institutional design, the tasks and competencies attributed to joint authorities of municipalities and the way inter-municipal cooperation operates in practice. Both performance and democratic aspects of cooperation are recurring topics. The last chapter of the book presents a comparative analysis and reflects on the future of inter-municipal cooperation.
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Book details

List price: $179.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 1/26/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Dr. Rudie Hulst (1953) and Dr. André van Montfort (1959) teach public administration at the Department of Public Administration and Organisation Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Their main topic of research is intergovernmental relations.

Preface
About the authors
Inter municipal cooperation: a wide spread phenomenon
Belgium: Flemish inter municipal cooperation under reform, Bart de Peuter
Inter municipal cooperation in Finland: old traditions and new promises, Arto Haveri
Inter municipal cooperation in France: Incentives, instrumentality and empty shells
Inter local cooperation in Germany: the mismatch between existing necessities and suboptimal solutions
Italy: the changing boundaries of inter municipal cooperation
The Netherlands: cooperation as the only viable strategy
Inter municipal cooperation in Spain: dealing with microscopic local government
The Missing Ingredient: Inter-municipal cooperation and Central-Local Relations in the UK
Comparative analysis and conclusions