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Decentralization, Amalgamation and Size

Institutions
Local Government
Public Policy
P081
Andreas Ladner
Université de Lausanne
Sean Mueller
Universität Bern

Thursday 09:00 - 10:40 (08/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Social Sciences Floor: Ground Room: FS014

Abstract

One of the most visible policy instruments of national states are the (de)centralization of powers to lower tiers and the shaping of these lower tiers using devolution and amalgamation. Both budget cuts because the economic crisis and changing ideas about which type of organization is most efficient, have stimulated national states to decentralize hitherto national policies and to amalgamate very small municipalities into larger units able to cope with the related budget cuts. In this panel the extent to which municipalities of different size operate differently, and the way citizens are affected by decentralization and by the size of the municipality they live in are discussed extensively.

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