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Launching and implementing municipal mergers: push- and pull-factors in merger processes


Strebel, Michael A (2014). Launching and implementing municipal mergers: push- and pull-factors in merger processes. In: ECPR General Conference - University of Glasgow 2014, Glasgow, 3 September 2014 - 6 September 2014.

Abstract

Voluntary mergers of local jurisdictions in Europe gained in importance in the last two decades. Existing research pays only minor attention to the local structural determinants for the explanation of municipal mergers. The paper assesses determinants in two distinct phases of a merger process, launch and implementation. The quantitative study of 245 municipalities in the Swiss canton of Fribourg shows that structural factors, such as economic wealth and population size explain the launch of a merger process but not its implementation. Differences between launch and implementation process could be explained by the varying importance of different actors in the two phases of a merger process. The results are of interest for the scholarly debate on municipal mergers and for political actors promoting local territorial reforms in their regions or countries.

Abstract

Voluntary mergers of local jurisdictions in Europe gained in importance in the last two decades. Existing research pays only minor attention to the local structural determinants for the explanation of municipal mergers. The paper assesses determinants in two distinct phases of a merger process, launch and implementation. The quantitative study of 245 municipalities in the Swiss canton of Fribourg shows that structural factors, such as economic wealth and population size explain the launch of a merger process but not its implementation. Differences between launch and implementation process could be explained by the varying importance of different actors in the two phases of a merger process. The results are of interest for the scholarly debate on municipal mergers and for political actors promoting local territorial reforms in their regions or countries.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:local government reform, local government merger, Switzerland, place attachment, fiscal stress
Language:English
Event End Date:6 September 2014
Deposited On:28 Dec 2015 10:07
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 16:17
Publisher:s.n.

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