Motives for Revisiting Inter-municipal Cooperation

  • Filipe Teles
  • Pawel Swianiewicz
Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)


Inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) is a growing occurrence in Europe and one of the most diverse phenomena in local government’s landscape. This chapter presents the aim of the book, how it is organised and explains why a new approach to IMC is necessary. It examines the intrinsic features of these governance arrangements and institutions created to generate and maintain collaboration between different local governments: motives for cooperation and how their different origins can induce diverse cooperative experiences; perspectives and roles of the actors involved; consequences of such arrangements; and the democratic aspects of these governance settings, especially regarding legitimacy and accountability features. Looking for these multiple aspects requires not only a comparative approach but also an in-depth analysis of some specific cases, in order to enrich the already available knowledge.


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Authors 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 WarsawWarsawPoland

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