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Local government reform

Institution: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland

My purpose here is not to argue one way or the other as regards the controversy
about the proper role, structure or finance of local authorities in
Ireland. I propose to do no more than to parade some of the contributions
which economics can make to an analysis of these issues. Much of
what I have to say may seem rather remote from the nuts and bolts of
reform, but I believe that we have only two sensible options for local Government:
scrap it or completely reconstruct it. Some fairly basic analysis
may therefore be of value.
From an economic viewpoint, the design of polities should at a minimum
consider the following: macroeconomic implications; efficiency in resource
allocation; implications for the distribution of welfare; and efficiency in
public choice. I shall use this taxonomy, although in a flexible way which
reflects the non-separability of these categories.



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. () Local government reform [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 14th November 2019].


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