The efficiency and effectiveness of municipally owned corporations: a systematic review
SourceLocal Government Studies, 43, 5, (2017), pp. 820-841
20 april 2017
Article / Letter to editor
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Bestuurskunde t/m 2019
Local Government Studies
SubjectInstitute for Management Research
Municipally owned corporations (MOCs) are increasingly utilised to provide local public services, but little remains known about their efficiency and effectiveness. In this article, we offer a typology of MOCs, explore the variables that affect their behaviour, and perform a systematic review of public administration articles published between 2001 and 2015 on their efficiency and effectiveness. We find that MOCs are often more efficient than local bureaucracies in the provision of services such as refuse collection, water distribution, and transit services, although they also have high initial failure rates. We conclude that municipally owned corporations are a viable means for delivering some local public services for localities capable of initiating and managing complex contracts. In light of the scarcity of literature on this topic, our conclusions remain tentative, and we encourage additional research into this growing phenomenon.
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