In What Way Should the Preparations for the 2016 Administrative Reform Have Been Different and Why?

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Series Details Volume 27, Number 1-2, Pages 83-90
Publication Date 2019
ISBN 978-9985-844-91-5
ISSN 2229-1878
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The administrative-territorial organisation of Estonia needed changes. The average population of Estonian rural municipalities was in 2016 less than 2,500 people and, in spite of mergers, there are still inexpedient units where the centrally located settlement is separated from its hinterland in administrative terms. However, one should be objective when preparing and implementing the administrative-territorial reform.

The often expressed opinion that decreasing the number of rural municipalities would result in retrenchment of resources in terms of the number of local officials and administrative costs is misleading. In 2016 was adopted the Administrative Reform Act. Its implementation began in 2017. The purpose of this paper is to analyze in what way should the preparation for the 2017 administrative reform in Estonia have been different and why.

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