Internal Factors of Intermunicipal Cooperation: What matters most and why?
|Year of publication||2018|
|Type||Article in Periodical|
|Magazine / Source||Local Government Studies|
|MU Faculty or unit|
|Keywords||waste management; Czech Republic; intermunicipal cooperation; cost effectiveness; institutionalization|
|Description||This paper focuses on the internal aspects of intermunicipal cooperation, providing a new and innovative approach to the cost effectiveness of municipal waste management. We examine a sample of 658 municipalities in the Czech Republic’s South Moravian Region and 205 cooperating municipalities separately during 2012 - 2014. The results, based on ordinary least-squares regression, show that cost reduction is significantly influenced by the institutional arrangement of intermunicipal cooperation, the participation of municipal representatives in management, and professional managers. The paper showes that a crucial role in cost reduction is played by internal factors that have been investigated only marginally so far. Cost increases are related to municipality sizes larger than 10,000 inhabitants and to profit-oriented behaviours of waste collection companies. The results differ in the size samples of municipalities; only the impact of institutional arrangement is significant in all groups of municipalities.|