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Launching and Implementing Municipal Mergers: A Monadic and Dyadic Test of Key Determinants

Michael Strebel
Université de Lausanne
Michael Strebel
Université de Lausanne
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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, at a monadic and dyadic level of analysis. The quantitative study of 245 municipalities in the Swiss canton of Fribourg shows that the homogeneity of two municipalities is of minor importance. Structural factors, such as economic wealth, population size and monetary incentives 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.