Quotation Ebinger, Falk, Kuhlmann, Sabine, Bogumil, Jörg. 2019. Territorial reforms in Europe: effects on administrative performance and democratic participation. Local Government Studies. 45 (1), 1-23.




Territorial reform is the most radical and contested reorganisation of local government. A sound evaluation of the outcome of such reforms is hence an important step to ensure the legitimation of any decision on the subject. However, in our view the discourse on the subject appears to be one sided, focusing primarily on overall fiscal effects scrutinised by economists. The contribution of this paper is hence threefold: Firstly, we provide an overview off territorial reforms in Europe, with a special focus on Eastern Germany as a promising case for cross-country comparisons. Secondly, we provide an overview of the analytical classifications of these reforms and context factors to be considered in their evaluation. And thirdly, we analyse the literature on qualitative performance effects of these reforms. The results show that territorial reforms have a significant positive impact on functional performance, while the effects on participation and integration are indeed ambivalent. In doing so, we provide substantial arguments for a broader, more inclusive discussion on the success of territorial reforms.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Local Government Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language German
Title Territorial reforms in Europe: effects on administrative performance and democratic participation
Volume 45
Number 1
Year 2019
Page from 1
Page to 23
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03003930.2018.1530660
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2018.1530660
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03003930.2018.1530660?needAccess=true#aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGFuZGZvbmxpbmUuY29tL2RvaS9wZGYvMTAuMTA4MC8wMzAwMzkz


Ebinger, Falk (Former researcher)
Bogumil, Jörg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Kuhlmann, Sabine (Universität Potsdam, Germany)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5963 Evaluation research (Details)
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