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Title: Municipal Mergers in New Zealand: An Empirical Analysis of the Proposed Amalgamation of the Hawke's Bay Councils
Contributor(s): Kortt, Michael A (author); Dollery, Brian E (author); Drew, Joseph (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2015.1007133
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18753
Abstract: Local government policymakers across the developed world have frequently employed municipal amalgamation to improve the operation of local councils, and New Zealand is no exception. This paper empirically examines claims made in Potential Costs and Savings of Local Government Reform in Hawke's Bay that the merger of the five local authorities in the Hawke's Bay Region of New Zealand would generate significant cost-savings. We empirically test for the existence of scale economies in a single merged Hawke's Bay council and find that no cost-savings can be expected. This removes a key argument for a forced Hawke's Bay amalgamation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Local Government Studies, 42(2), p. 228-247
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1743-9388
0300-3930
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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