Is small really so beautiful? Is big really so ugly? Size, effectiveness and democracy in local government
Political Studies, 30, (2), . (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.1982.tb00532.x).
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Arguments about the optimum size for units of local government often overlook the fact that small units have some considerable drawbacks while large ones have some advantages. By and large the discussion breaks down into two parts; those about size and functional effectiveness, and those about size and democracy. On the first count, it seems that large units are no less efficient and can be a good deal more effective than small ones. On the question of size and democracy, the evidence suggests that large units of government are no less democratic than small ones, and that in some respects they may be more so.
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