The recent economic slowdown has revealed major weaknesses in existing fiscal arrangements in local authorities, resulting in the introduction of stronger enforcement mechanisms in a number of OECD countries. This article describes an extreme intervention approach-the neutralization of the elected local leadership and its replacement with a convened committee (CC), in Israeli local authorities. The performance of local authorities headed by CCs was significantly improved with only a temporary loss of democracy. The Israeli approach could be an option for countries dealing with failing local administrations.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author would like to thank the Division of Local Government Administration and the Mifamin Unit at the Ministry of the Interior of Israel which funded this research.
- Democratic deficit
- direct administration
- fiscal discipline
- local government
- organizational failure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting (all)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration