Processen en effecten van herindeling (The Processes and Effects of Restructuring )

How do councillors, municipal civil servants and public administrators in the Province of Zuid-Holland judge seven recent restructuring initiatives?
Rachel Beerepoot, Rien Fraanje and Michiel Herweijer
Kluwer: Alphen aan den Rijn, 2009
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Municipal restructuring is usually accompanied by a lot of emotion. Protagonists and antagonists combat each other with all means at their disposal. The former perceive new opportunities after the merger: improved services for citizens and companies, qualitatively better civil servants and public administrators, and a stronger position in the labour market as a way of making new personnel interested in a career with the municipality. Antagonists point to the growing gap between citizens and public administrators and the declining involvement of citizens in their municipality. To what extent are these claims true? Are larger municipalities in fact able to deliver better services than smaller ones? Are residents of restructured municipalities likely to turn away from their city councils? To what extent does the way in which the restructuring was achieved (bottom-up or top-down) affect the effects of the restructuring?

This book provides insights into the effects of restructuring and illustrates the extent to which the merger processes followed influence them. The three authors analysed seven recent restructuring initiatives in the Province of Zuid-Holland for this purpose. During interviews, directly involved mayors, aldermen, councillors and public servants expressed their views concerning the way in which their newly merged city was created and to what extent it is possible to identify the effects of restructuring over time.

Processen en effecten van herindeling (The Processes and Effects of Restructuring) is a must for every public administrator, politician, civil servant, consultant and academic involved in restructuring. This study explains why one restructuring initiative quickly becomes a success, while another city merger spends many years dealing with merger fallout.


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