Inter-municipal Cooperation in the Netherlands

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In this chapter, we describe some of the features of the Dutch way of organizing inter-municipal cooperation, using a nation-wide study. The permissive institutional structure provides municipalities with a wide range of organizational structures for cooperation, including both public and private law options. This has resulted in a wide range of almost 800 inter-municipal cooperations and in high variations in both the level and complexity of inter-municipal cooperations for different municipalities. All in all this ‘crazy-quilt’ pattern of cooperation seems to be working quite well, as both democratic quality and performance in terms of perceived benefits and (transaction) costs are for most cases at a satisfactory level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutions and Governance
EditorsFilipe Teles, Pawel Swianiewicz
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-62819-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-62818-9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameGovernance and Public Management
ISSN (Print)2524-728X
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7298


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