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Redrawing Local Government Boundaries

An International Study of Politics, Procedures, and Decisions

This collection, the first international comparative study of local boundary reform, examines the legal and regulatory procedures involved in municipal restructuring. Case studies from eight nations investigate how and why local governments have been enlarged in scope and reduced in number. Four key aspects are examined: the geography of the local government boundary problem, the procedures associated with boundary reform, the roles of institutions and actors in boundary reform, and the implications for urban and regional governance. This book offers a broad theoretical understanding of local government boundary reform and informs the wider scholarly discussion about institutional change, state structures, and the areal jurisdiction of local governments.

256 pages

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1. Introduction / John Meligrana

2. Redrawing Local Boundaries: Deriving the Principles for Politically Just Procedures / Ronan Paddison

3. Goals for Municipal Restructuring Plans / Andrejs Skaburskis

4. Annexation Activity and Policy in the United States / Greg Lindsey

5. Canadian Experiences of Local Government Boundary Reform: A Comparison of Quebec and Ontario / Raphaël Fischler, John Meligrana, and Jeanne M. Wolfe

6. The Two Waves of Territorial Reform of Local Government in Germany / Hellmut Wollmann

7. Changeless Boundaries do not fix a Changing History: The Map of the Spanish Local Government / Abel Albet i Mas

8. Changing Local Government Boundaries in Israel: The Paradox of Extreme Centralism versus Inability to Reform / Eran Razin

9. Confusing Responses to Regional Conflicts: Restructuring Local Administrative Boundaries in Korea / Dong-Ho Shin

10. Reorganizing Urban Space in Post-Reform China / Jianfa Shen

11. Local Government Reorganization in South Africa / Robert Cameron

12. Conclusion: Changing Local Government Boundaries in Different Political-Ideological Environments / John Meligrana and Erin Razin



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