Size and Local Democracy

Bas Denters, Michael Goldsmith, Andreas Ladner, Poul Erik Mouritzen, Lawrence Rose

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How large should local governments be, and what are the implications of changing the scale of local governments for the quality of local democracy? These questions have stood at the centre of debates among scholars and public sector reformers alike from antiquity to the present. This monograph offers the first systematic cross-national investigation of these questions using empirical evidence gathered specifically for this purpose. Results provide insights that offer important touchstones for reform activities and academic research efforts in many countries.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages462
ISBN (Print)9781843766728
ISBN (Electronic)9781783478248
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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