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Intermunicipal cooperation on a regional level : research regarding the influence of regional, network and quality of interaction factors on the performance of intermunicipal cooperation in COROP and FUA regions in the Netherlands

Vervloet, B.M.P. (2017) Intermunicipal cooperation on a regional level : research regarding the influence of regional, network and quality of interaction factors on the performance of intermunicipal cooperation in COROP and FUA regions in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Two camps could be distinguished in the debate on regional governance: those who are in favour of a more centralized solution of governance (regional reformers) and those who favour a more decentralized solution of governance (new regionalist). Empirical evidence regarding the views is rare. This thesis delivers a contribution to the debate by investigating the influence of regional factors, network factors and quality of interaction factors on the intermunicipal cooperation performance at a regional level in the Netherlands (COROP n = 40 and FUA n = 35) from a monocentric and polycentric view. Results based on a correlation analysis show that there is no evidence for the monocentric view. Regional factors do not show a significant correlation with the performance of intermunicipal cooperation, whereas the quality of interaction shows a positive correlation with intermunicipal cooperation performance. The results regarding the direct influence of network factors (and indirect on quality of interaction) show no support for the monocentric view and weak support for the polycentric view. Regions that are characterized by a lead municipality report lower levels of transaction costs compared to regions without a lead municipality. Recommendations are presented in the conclusion of this thesis.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72368
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