Politics of Municipal Consolidation

  • Kohei SuzukiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2454-1



Municipal consolidation refers to reducing the number of municipalities and increasing their scale in terms of geography and population by combining two or more municipalities.


This section explains municipal consolidation (In this paper, the words “municipal consolidation”, “merger”, and “amalgamation” are used interchangeably). Municipal consolidations have been widely used as a tool for administrative reform at the municipal level in developed countries. Consolidation means “[t]he action or process of combining a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole” (Oxford University Press 2016). Municipal consolidation refers to reducing the number of municipalities and increasing their scale in terms of geography and population by combining two or more municipalities. Municipal consolidations have been planned or implemented with the hope of increasing...


Municipal Government Political Trust Municipal Service Small Municipality Large Municipality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden