Metropolitan governance and environmental outcomes: Does inter-municipal cooperation make a difference?

Victor Osei Kwadwo*, T. Skripka

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Abstract

We develop a three-level mixed-effects linear model to conduct a systematic large-n study testing the impact of cooperation in transportation on CO2 transport emissions. We use a novel dataset covering over 200 metropolitan areas in 16 OECD countries. The findings demonstrate that both fragmented and consolidated metropolitan governance structures are equally inefficient in delivering a reduction in CO2 transport emissions. Further, without functional enforcement mechanisms, mitigation policies fail to have a positive effect on environmental outcomes. Inter-municipal cooperation in metropolitan areas facilitates coherence and widespread enforcement and emerges as a crucial factor explaining the reduction of CO2 transport emissions. Effects of metropolitan cooperation on transportation are magnified by the presence of national environmental mitigation policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-791
Number of pages21
JournalLocal Government Studies
Volume48
Issue number4
Early online date1 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

JEL classifications

  • l38 - Public Policy
  • o44 - Environment and Growth
  • q50 - Environmental Economics: General

Keywords

  • Metropolitan areas
  • inter-municipal cooperation
  • CO2 transport emissions
  • OECD
  • environmental outcomes
  • CO2 EMISSIONS
  • INTERMUNICIPAL COOPERATION
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • FUEL TOURISM
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • DECOMPOSITION
  • GOVERNMENT
  • EFFICIENCY
  • REDUCTION
  • DELIVERY

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