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IFF Working Paper Online - Publication of Prof. Sergio Ferrari

The Institute of Federalism is pleased to publish a further working paper written by Prof. Sergio Ferrari from Brazil during his research stay at the Institute from August until December 2013. Prof. Ferrari wrote on «Local Government in Brazil and Switzerland: A comparative Study on Merger and Inter-Municipal Cooperation».

His paper is the result of a comparative research on local government in Brazil and Switzerland, with emphasis on the subjects of creation and merger of municipalities and inter-municipal cooperation. After a theoretical study on the relationship between local government and federalism, as well as a brief analysis of the constitutional profile of municipalities in various countries, he explains profiles of municipalities in Brazil and Switzerland, followed by a comparison and ideas for improvement of local government in both countries.