Advancing Comparative Research on the Extent and Impacts of Intermunicipal Cooperation


MIX Troy BAKOŠ Eduard HRŮZA Filip

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Current Trends in Public Sector Research. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords Municipal cooperation; comparative research; impacts; Czech; United States
Description Why do municipalities cooperate and what are the main impacts of such cooperation? Though intermunicipal cooperation (IMC) is not a new public administration topic, answers to these basic questions remain unsettled. In an effort to address these questions, this paper scopes a cross-national comparative research agenda on IMC by 1) identifying data sources and methods that can reveal the extent and impacts of IMC in the Czech Republic and the US and 2) characterizing the implementation of IMC in these settings. The results of this preliminary research demonstrate a variety of country and sub-country approaches to implementing and collecting data on IMC, suggesting that the development of robust evaluation criteria in two discrete settings—the Czech Republic and the US Mid-Atlantic region—could advance understanding of IMC and its impacts.
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