Effects of changing boundaries of municipalities on municipal service provision: water and sewage services in Hatay

Bozcuk, Duygu Canan
In Turkey, inefficienciesin municipal service provision havebeen always attributed to the size of municipalities. Particularly since the 2000s, the boundaries of the municipalities have been changed through successive legal arrangementswiththe aim of increasing municipal service provision.The final and most important amendment about rescaling municipalities was enacted through the Law No 6360in 2012 which established14 new metropolitan municipalities in Turkey. Also with this law, boundaries of the metropolitan municipalities were expanded to correspond to provincial boundaries, the small scale municipalitiesand villageswere abolishedand certain municipal services were delegated to the metropolitan municipalities.The major assertion of the LawNo 6360was that changing municipal boundaries would result in increasing efficient service provision through using less resource, decreasing cost of the services and improving quality of the service. The major aim of thisdissertation is to determine the effects of changing municipal boundaries on municipal services. The research areais Hatay Metropolitan Municipalitywhich was established by the Law No 6360. This dissertation focuses on water and sewageservices of Hataywhich was delegated to metropolitan municipality by the law. The research questions are about relation between scale and service provision and the sub-questions are about positive and negative effects of the boundary changes on water and wastewater services in Hatay. At the end, this dissertation findsoutifthe Law No 6360 has achieved its goals in Hatayandreveals real aims and objectives of the law.
Citation Formats
D. C. Bozcuk, “Effects of changing boundaries of municipalities on municipal service provision: water and sewage services in Hatay,” Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences.Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments., Middle East Technical University, 2020.