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Self-Serving Mayors and Local Government Consolidations in Japan

  • Akihiko Kawaura

    (Doshisha University, Department of Policy Studies)

This paper investigates local government consolidations with a focus on public choice aspects in the decision-making. Politicians could lose future payoffs if their locality merges with a larger counterpart, and they may sabotage the merger process. The analysis with data from 3,212 Japanese municipalities reveals that a long-serving mayor would present an obstacle to consolidation.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201014.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 27 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201014
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