Title: Effects of amalgamations : evidence from Swiss municipalities
Authors : Steiner, Reto
Kaiser, Claire
Published in : Public Management Review
Volume(Issue) : 19
Issue : 2
Pages : 232
Pages to: 252
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Routledge
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 350: Public administration
Abstract: Many OECD countries have amalgamated their municipalities during the last couple of decades. For decisions concerning future territorial rescaling, it is crucial to augment the previously inconclusive evaluative knowledge of the effects of mergers. This paper examines the effects of amalgamations conducted between 1998 and 2009 in the areas of public service delivery, local finance, administrative staff, municipal autonomy and local democracy. The data are obtained from two comprehensive surveys of all local secretaries (top civil servants) in Switzerland in 1998 and 2009. The analysis – based upon a comparison between a quasi-experimental and a control group – (partially) supports the hypothesis of a positive effect on public service delivery, the professionalization of staff and municipal autonomy. The effect on local finance is inconclusive, and negative effects on local democracy are not discovered in the framework of this study.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1080/14719037.2016.1153704
ISSN: 1471-9037
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/8509
Appears in Collections:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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