Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155659
Authors: 
Bergholz, Christian
Bischoff, Ivo
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 47-2016
Abstract: 
We analyze data from a survey among local council members in 59 German municipali-ties. We ask council members whether their home municipality should cooperate with neigh-boring municipalities in the provision of public services like childcare or road maintenance. Their answers are clearly driven by office-related self-interest. Council members who have more political power and thus have more power to lose if their home municipality cooperates are more likely oppose inter-municipal cooperation. This interpretation receives further backing by the fact that delegates' support for inter-municipal cooperation increases in the population size of their home municipality but decreases in the size of its neighbors.
Subjects: 
inter-municipal cooperation
politicians
survey
Germany
public choice
JEL: 
H77
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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