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Inter-Municipal Cooperation in the Development of Industrial Parks and Tax Redistribution: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Eran Razin
  • Department of Geography, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
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Published Online: 2016-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0017

Abstract

Inter-municipal cooperation mechanisms have been promoted as flexible tools, reflecting the transition from government to governance in a new network economy and eliminating the need to engage in redrawing clear-cut boundaries in the context of soft spaces with fuzzy boundaries. An evaluation of inter-municipal cooperation in the development of industrial parks and tax revenue redistribution in Israel, from the first 1992 initiative to imposed redistribution in 2014/15, reveals how an initiative ’from below’ has been adopted and encouraged ’from above’, finally used by the central state as a tool of control, to serve its own objectives. It highlights the inherent temptation for top-down imposition, embedded in bottom-up cooperation mechanisms, calling for light-touch regulatory legislation and opting for gently imposed solutions where needed.

Keywords: inter-municipal cooperation; government; governance; industrial parks; tax redistribution; Israel

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About the article

Received: 2015-11-19

Revised: 2016-03-18

Published Online: 2016-06-15

Published in Print: 2016-06-01



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