England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance

Saving money and strengthening councils: why merge local authorities?

Summary

Councils across the world are in a state of structural flux. What motivates councils to merge with neighbouring authorities? What contributes to a successful merger? What do citizens make of local authority mergers? This briefing includes examples from England, Japan, Ireland, the United States and Norway. This will be of interest to councillors and officers at any council in an LGiU member country considering structural changes that may include merging with neighbouring councils.

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