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Traditions, Problems and Challenges of Inter-municipal Cooperation in the German Federal State of Brandenburg

  • Jochen Franzke
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Abstract

Based on the traditions and the legal framework of local self-government, this chapter analyses the performance of inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) in the case of the German federal state Brandenburg. This East German federal state has undergone since 1989/1990 similar transformation processes as the other Central European countries of the sample. A document and literature review and a separate survey of special-purpose associations from November/December 2015 form the basis for this chapter. The chapter analyses the different forms of IMC used in Brandenburg. Despite some specific features (e.g., the proximity to the German capital Berlin), the results of the analysis of the IMC performance in Brandenburg can be generalised at least for the other East German federal states.

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  • Jochen Franzke
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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