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Efficiency and legitimacy in inter-local agreements: why collaboration has become a default choice among councils

Dixon, Ruth and Elston, Thomas (2020) Efficiency and legitimacy in inter-local agreements: why collaboration has become a default choice among councils. British Policy and Politics at LSE (24 Feb 2020), 1 - 5. Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Over 97 per cent of English local authorities cooperate with one another, providing common public services across separate council areas. Ruth Dixon and Thomas Elston consider how and why this occurs. In a follow-up to their previous post, they find that propensity to collaborate is unpredictable, but partner choice can be partly explained by geographical proximity of councils and similarities in organizational and resource characteristics. Contrary to the view that collaboration is a wholly ‘rational’ strategy chosen simply to improve service costs or quality, therefore, this analysis suggests that both efficiency and legitimacy influenced reform choices.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 10:57
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104194

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