“Coercive Municipal Amalgamation Today”

“One of the greatest threats to Municipal Autonomy and the principle of Local self-governance today…is and remains the coercive amalgamation of municipalities, i.e. forcing of municipalities together without the consent of either their governments or the people.”

“The idea of a Democracy is that at its basis is the autonomous citizen, capable of making choices. As long as we retain this idea, he or she must make their own decisions in fundamental matters… they cannot be delegated, because there is no expert knowledge, no truth that would count.”

“Coercive municipal amalgamation is therefore not only generally inefficient and ineffective; it is also a threat to Democracy and even to the autonomous individual as such”

From an interesting paper with a catchy title: “Coercive Municipal Amalgamation Today”

http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/93/81?fbclid=IwAR1wLmG3VyLVIBdDrzWM2c7fPQ0EtiqZQnk2NMdKh4TjlYWyR4PlLvKwpPE