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

Eran Razin*

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalQuaestiones Geographicae
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

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© 2016 Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University.

Keywords

  • Israel
  • governance
  • government
  • industrial parks
  • inter-municipal cooperation
  • tax redistribution

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