Title: Was it worth it? : the territorial reform in the canton of Glarus
Authors : Hofmann, Roland
Rother, Natanael
Published in : Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
Volume(Issue) : 25
Issue : 2
Pages : 128
Pages to: 156
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Economies of scale; Federalism; Synthetic control method; Territorial reform of communes
Subject (DDC) : 350: Public administration
Abstract: This paper examines the financial impact of the 2011 reform of the local governments and jurisdictions in the canton of Glarus. After a popular vote 70 public entities were reorganized to form three large uniformed communes. Previous research showed that amalgamations do not automatically lead to savings in public expenditures and economies of scale. We empirically apply the synthetic control method and show that the territorial reform realized some savings in public expenditure. However, the effect of the reorganization of tasks and responsibilities between the canton and the communes was more influential. The reform must be understood as a horizontal and vertical venture that encompasses both the communes and the canton, much more far-reaching than a pure local territorial reform.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Wealth & Asset Management (IWA)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1111/spsr.12354
ISSN: 1424-7755
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17374
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