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Managing the coordination of service delivery in metropolitan cities : the role of metropolitan governance

  • Slack, Enid
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    This paper examines different models of governing structure found in metropolitan areas around the world. It evaluates how well these models achieve the coordination of service delivery over the entire metropolitan area as well as the extent to which they result in the equitable sharing of costs of services. Based on theory and case studies from numerous cities in developed and less developed countries, the paper concludes that there is no"one size fits all"model of metropolitan governance. Other observations from the case studies highlight the importance of the process of implementing a metropolitan structure, the need to match fiscal resources with expenditure responsibilities, the need to have a governance structure that covers the entire economic region, and the critical importance of having a strong regional structure that ensures that services are delivered in a coordinated fashion across municipal boundaries.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4317.

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    Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4317
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