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As You Like It or Much Ado about Nothing?: Structural Reform in Local Government in Belgium

As You Like It or Much Ado about Nothing?: Structural Reform in Local Government in Belgium
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Author(s): Koenraad De Ceuninck (Ghent University, Belgium), Kristof Steyvers (Ghent University, Belgium) and Tony Valcke (Ghent University, Belgium)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 28
Source title: Theoretical Foundations and Discussions on the Reformation Process in Local Governments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ugur Sadioglu (Hacettepe University, Turkey) and Kadir Dede (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0317-0.ch010

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Abstract

This chapter scrutinizes the ongoing debate on structural reform in local government in the Flemish Region of Belgium at the turn and the first decades of the 21st century. As in many European polities, discussions on the territorial and functional arrangements of the level deemed closest to the citizen have occupied a protracted place on the reform agenda. Likewise, given their often controversial and conflictual nature all but a part of these reformist ambitions have eventually been adopted and implemented. Actual structural change often only crystalizes as the residue of a heated reform base once the damp of the discussion evaporates.

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