Governance and Public Management

Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe

Institutions and Governance

Editors: Teles, Filipe, Swianiewicz, Pawel (Eds.)

  • Offers a comprehensive comparative study of the different aspects of the governance capacity of Inter-municipal Cooperation (IMC)
  • Examines decentralisation, multilevel governance and local government reform issues associated with IMC
  • Fills a lacuna in current scholarship by analysing the rise of IMC in under-researched country contexts
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About this book

This book sheds light on the central complexities of municipal cooperation and examines the dynamics, experiences and drivers of inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) in Europe. Particular attention is given to the features of governance arrangements and institutions created to generate and maintain collaborative settings between different local governments in a particular territory.
The thematically grouped case studies presented here address the dearth of comprehensive and comparative analyses in recent scholarship. The authors provide fresh insights into the rise of inter-municipal cooperation and its evolution during a period of financial crisis and European Union enlargement. This includes critical examinations of the impact of austerity policies, the behavior and perceptions of key actors; and under-explored new member states. Crucially, this work goes beyond the comparison of institutional forms of IMC to address why the phenomenon so widespread and questions whether it is successful, manageable and democratic.
This work which presents the most recent and innovative research on inter-local collaborative arrangements will appeal to practitioners as well as scholars of local government, public economy, public administration and policy. 

About the authors

Filipe Teles is Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he teaches courses in the fields of Public Policy and Political Science, and member of the Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy. He has developed research work on local governance, public administration, territorial reforms and political leadership.
Pawel Swianiewicz is Professor of Economics and head of the Department of Local Development and Policy at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Warsaw. His research focuses on local politics, local government finance, territorial and decentralization reforms with a special focus on countries of Central and Eastern Europe.


Reviews

“This book makes a value contribution in helping us to understand a classic governance manoeuvre in the context of constrained resources:  inter-municipal cooperation. It explores using comparative material the dynamics, pitfalls and achievements of trying to get more for less by working with partners. The understanding that is gained provides lessons beyond local government for public administration in general.” (Gerry Stoker, Professor of Governance, University of Southampton, UK )

“By assembling expert analyses on 20 European countries and by focusing on the recent phase of fiscal austerity policies, this excellent edited book on “inter-municipal cooperation in Europe” covers more European countries and is more up-to-date than any other available publication. Thus it is “must” reading for students, academics and practitioners interested in in this crucial issue of local/subnational reorganization and governance.” (Hellmut Wollmann, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Motives for Revisiting Inter-municipal Cooperation

    Teles, Filipe (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Inter-municipal Cooperation and Austerity Policies: Obstacles or Opportunities?

    Raudla, Ringa (et al.)

    Pages 17-41

  • Actors in Inter-municipal Cooperation

    Swianiewicz, Pawel

    Pages 43-56

  • A Borrowed Mandate? Democratic Legitimacy of Inter-municipal Entities: A Comparative Analysis

    Gendźwiłł, Adam (et al.)

    Pages 57-77

  • Striving for Local Governance Capacity in Portugal and Spain

    Silva, Patrícia (et al.)

    Pages 79-104

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62819-6
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62818-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe
Book Subtitle
Institutions and Governance
Editors
  • Filipe Teles
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
Series Title
Governance and Public Management
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62819-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62819-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62818-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 354
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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