Structural Design

  • Harry KitchenEmail author
  • Melville McMillan
  • Anwar Shah


This chapter discusses size, structure, and responsibilities of local governments and local government jurisdictional options. This includes municipal consolidations, amalgamations, and reliance on voluntary arrangements including intermunicipal agreements and/or service boards to improve the overall efficiency of the municipal sector. Municipal amalgamations, consolidations, and restructuring generally occur in response to the rapid increase in urbanization, a need to provide additional services passed down from senior levels of government, the desire of senior levels of government to deal with fewer municipalities, and the necessity of getting access to a local tax base that encompasses a wide geographical area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Governance StudiesBrookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA

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