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000029148 100__ $$aDafflon, Bernard
000029148 245__ $$9eng$$aVoluntary amalgamation of local governments: the Swiss debate in the European context
000029148 269__ $$c2012-05-14
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000029148 490__ $$aWorking Papers SES$$v426
000029148 520__ $$9eng$$aThe debate about the amalgamation of local government units stems from the fact that their political borders (the institutional territory) do no longer coincide with the functional territory required for an efficient provision of most local public services. And both do not correspond with the relational territory which arises out of the private and professional activities of LGUs' residents as they commute daily or periodically for work, shopping and leisure. The core question of this paper is how to reform the institutional and functional territories in such a way that public services are delivered efficiently, according to local preferences and in a way that responds to the needs expressed in the larger relational territory. The paper is divided in six sections. Section one summarizes the debate about LGUs' amalgamation in the Swiss context. Section two tackles the fundamental problem: if too many LGUs are too small, when is small too small and why? Horizontal cooperation is one possible solution, but it creates serious problems in terms of principal-agent, democracy, information asymmetry and moral hazard, explained in Section 3. Section 4 presents the core concept of “noyaux durs” which is one of the effective approaches to LGUs amalgamation. Section 5 details the cantonal financial incentives that are needed to encourage voluntary amalgamation, besides a cantonal planning strategy and technical help in the process of amalgamation. Section 6 concludes with some notes on the performance of the system.
000029148 695__ $$9eng$$aamalgamation of communes ; local government ; merger ; noyaux fort ; participative democracy ; principal-agent ; size of communes ; territorial organization ; voluntary versus compulsory amalgamation of communes
000029148 775__ $$gFaculté SES$$ohttp://www.unifr.ch/ses/wp
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000029148 918__ $$aFaculté des sciences économiques et sociales$$bDécanat, Av. de l'Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg
000029148 919__ $$aUniversité de Fribourg$$bFribourg$$ddoc.support@rero.ch
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