Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe

Institutions and Governance

  • Filipe Teles
  • Pawel Swianiewicz

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Filipe Teles, Pawel Swianiewicz
    Pages 1-13
  3. Drivers, Democracy and Delivery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Pawel Swianiewicz
      Pages 43-56
    3. Patrícia Silva, Esther Pano Puey
      Pages 79-104
    4. Grétar Thór Eythórsson, Pekka Kettunen, Jan Erling Klausen, Siv Sandberg
      Pages 105-129
  4. Cooperation in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Pieter-Jan Klok, Marcel Boogers, Bas Denters, Maurits Sanders
      Pages 157-171
    3. Reto Steiner, Claire Kaiser
      Pages 173-187
    4. Julita Łukomska, Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska
      Pages 225-243
    5. Esther Pano Puey, Lluis Medir Tejado, Carla Puiggròs Mussons, Jaume Magre Ferran
      Pages 259-277
  5. Success and Failure: Case Studies

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 351-354

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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Filipe Teles
    • 1
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social, Political and Territorial SciencesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarszawaPoland

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