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Bel , Germà, Robert Hebdon and Mildred E. Warner. (2018). “Beyond privatization and cost savings: Alternatives for local government reform,” Local Government Studies, 44(2):173-182. DOI:10.1080/03003930.2018.1428190

Unsatisfactory results from privatisation have caused local governments to seek alternative reforms. Inter-municipal cooperation, mixed public/private delivery and contract reversals are three alternatives that have gained traction in the last decade. These alternatives help local governments manage markets for public service delivery as a dynamic process. They maximise government/market complementarities and address a wider array of public goals beyond cost efficiency concerns. The alternative reforms show how local governments balance citizen, labour and community interests to ensure efficiency, coordination and stability in public service delivery.

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Subject: Intermunicipal Cooperation