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Merger Mania Andrew Sancton

Merger Mania

Andrew Sancton

Published June 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780773568914
184 pages
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 About the Book 

Outside the United States, forced municipal mergers were a popular policy in many European countries and Canadian provinces during the 1960s and 1970s. The city of Laval, just north of Montreal, and the unicity of Winnipeg owe their origins to this period - both amalgamations failed to meet their original objectives. Despite the emergence of public choice theory - which justifies municipal fragmentation on market principles - some politicians and public servants in the 1990s have continued to advocate municipal amalgamations as a means of reducing public expenditure, particularly in Ontario.