Assessing the intensity of cooperation: A study of joint delegation of municipal functions to inter-municipal associations

J. Camões, Pedro, Tavares, António and Teles, Filipe, (2021). Assessing the intensity of cooperation: A study of joint delegation of municipal functions to inter-municipal associations. Local Government Studies, 47(4), 593-615

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    Author J. Camões, Pedro
    Tavares, António
    Teles, Filipe
    Title Assessing the intensity of cooperation: A study of joint delegation of municipal functions to inter-municipal associations
    Appearing in Local Government Studies
    Volume 47
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2021
    Place of Publication Abingdon-on-Thames
    Publisher Routledge
    Start page 593
    End page 615
    Language eng
    Abstract Talking is cheap, at least in the short term; elected officials may profess their preferences for IMC and yet deny IMA organisations the necessary resources to fulfil their missions. Driven by a focus on revealed preferences for inter-municipal cooperation, the article aims to answer two questions: Why do some IMA exhibit a high level of commitment on the part of their local government members whereas others remain underutilised, reflecting a choice by local governments to retain these responsibilities themselves? How does this commitment to IMAs vary over time? We use data from 25 IMAs over a 10-year period (2008–2018) in Portugal to assess the intensity of cooperation among Portuguese local governments through stand-alone organisations. The panel analysis regression supports the hypotheses that a larger number of local governments involved in IMAs and higher levels of heterogeneity among them make cooperation more difficult. In contrast, longer interaction in IMAs reinforces the intensity of cooperation.
    Keyword Inter-municipal cooperation
    Information asymmetry
    Service delivery
    Delegation of authority
    Copyright Holder Routledge
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1080/03003930.2020.1857245
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