Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Lithuania and Slovakia: Does Size Structure Matter?
We compare characteristics of local self-government systems in Lithuania and Slovakia in the article and try to identify main differences and similarities within the field of inter-municipal cooperation. We suppose that size structure of local governments has impact on inter-municipal cooperation – the more consolidated structure, the less intensive inter-municipal cooperation. We base our hypothesis on a statement that inter-municipal cooperation is considered a crucial instrument to overcome shortages linked to fragmented structure of local governments. For this purpose we analyze data obtained by means of interviews with local officials. Besides, we analyze content of various relevant legal and planning documents.
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