Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Lithuania and Slovakia: Does Size Structure Matter?

  • Daniel Klimovský Technical University of Košice, Slovakia / Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Němcovej 32, 04001 Košice
  • Oksana Mejere Siauliai University, Lithuania, Vilniaus gatvė 88, 76285 Šiauliai
  • Jurgita Mikolaityte Siauliai University, Lithuania, Vilniaus gatvė 88, 76285 Šiauliai
  • Uroš Pinterič University of St. Cyrilius and Method in Trnava, Slovakia, Skladová 691/3, 917 01 Trnava
  • Diana Saparniene Siauliai University, Lithuania, Vilniaus gatvė 88, 76285 Šiauliai
Keywords: inter-municipal cooperation, territorial fragmentation, territorial consolidation, Lithuania, Slovakia

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Daniel Klimovský, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia / Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Němcovej 32, 04001 Košice
Faculty of Economics Department of Regional Science and Management Assistant Professor
Oksana Mejere, Siauliai University, Lithuania, Vilniaus gatvė 88, 76285 Šiauliai
Lecturer and Researcher
Jurgita Mikolaityte, Siauliai University, Lithuania, Vilniaus gatvė 88, 76285 Šiauliai
Lecturer and Researcher
Uroš Pinterič, University of St. Cyrilius and Method in Trnava, Slovakia, Skladová 691/3, 917 01 Trnava
Associate Professor
Published
2014-05-09
Section
Articles