Local service delivery choices in Portugal: A political transaction costs framework

  title={Local service delivery choices in Portugal: A political transaction costs framework},
  author={Ant{\'o}nio F. Tavares and Pedro J. Cam{\"o}es},
  journal={Local Government Studies},
  pages={535 - 553}
Abstract In recent years, Portugal has witnessed a large increase in municipal corporations to deliver public services. This article addresses the important question of why Portuguese municipalities choose municipal corporations to deliver certain services, while other services remain provided by in-house bureaucracies. We argue that political transaction costs in local service delivery, linked both to the characteristics of goods and services and to the political and financial features of the… 

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