Project R-142


The merger of municipalities related to the administrative power of local government.


In Belgian history, the merger of municipalities is considered to be the most fundamental reform in local government. This research note the consequences of this reform on the financial policy and the personnel management. The hypothesis that the consequences would be negative, can not be confirmed.In the future, the question rises whether the notion 'scale level' is a sufficient adequate concept to base local reforms on and if no other forms of cooperation between municipalities should be taken into consideration.

Period of project

01 August 1996 - 10 September 1996