Intermunicipal Cooperation



Intermunicipal cooperation represents a crucial alternative to municipal mergers in the structural reorganization of local government service provision. This chapter begins by considering the multifarious nature of intermunicipal cooperation and the great variety of different institutional forms which it has taken in different national contexts. The major theoretical foundations of intermunicipal cooperation, comprising Oakerson’s (1999) distinction between local service production and local service provision, elements of Oates’ (Fiscal Federalism. New York: Harcourt, Brace Janonovich, 1972) theory of fiscal federalism and the theory of competitive federalism pioneered by Tiebout (A Pure Theory of Local Government Expenditure. Journal of Political Economy 64 (5): 416–424, 1956), are considered. The chapter then examines the limited empirical literature on intermunicipal cooperation, including the new methodological approach developed by Drew et al. (Good to Share? The Pecuniary Implications of Moving to Shared Service Production for Local Government Services. Public Administration 97 (1): 132–146, 2019). It has concentrated on the pecuniary impact of cooperation, neglecting many other reasons why municipalities engage in cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  3. 3.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.Governance StudiesBrookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA

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