Bigger and Stronger Together: How Icelandic Municipalities Solve Their Lack of Capacity and Scale Economy

  • Grétar Thór Eythórsson
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Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Abstract

The harsh geographical and weather conditions in Iceland—such as high mountains and cold and snowy winters—have historically had an impact on the municipal structure in Iceland. In many cases, this has prevented possibilities for municipal amalgamations due to problems with communication on land. Inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) is fairly widespread and common with the average municipality involved in 13.5 IMC contexts. However, there is a regional difference in this. That might be a consequence of the conditions mentioned earlier. This leads to the question if small municipalities tend to try to solve their capacity and size problem with entering IMC but whether these geographical conditions affect the tendency of IMC. Is actual participation in IMCs size dependent? And do smaller ones tend to gain more from cooperation than the bigger ones?

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grétar Thór Eythórsson
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversity of AkureyriAkureyriIceland

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