Volume 20, Issue 3-3, September 2016
INNER BOUNDARY REFORM IN KOŠICE – THE MOST FRAGMENTED CITY IN SLOVAKIA
Authors: Stela Csachová
Abstract: In the frst part of the paper the aim is to provide the reader with a theoretical insight into models of government structure at the local level and provide evidence from European countries that underwent reforms during the second half of the 20th century. In the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) the renewal of local self-government in 1990 brought changes to the administrative boundary map with more than 200 municipalities re-established bringing the current number to 2,929 local administrative units. This has resulted in some discussion regarding a reduction in the number of local government units in this country. The second part of the paper is focused on Košice; the second largest city in Slovakia with 234,000 inhabitants. The city is organised at two administrative levels; one covering the whole city, the other covering 22 wards. When compared to cities of a similar size, Košice has been criticised for its high number of city wards and councillors, with the concomitant fnancial ineffciency it can bring. There has been an ongoing debate on reducing their number since 2010. The paper reports on the search for an administrative structure that would best tailor to the citizens´ needs and provide effective management in Košice. It uses traditional methods of qualitative research (historical method, content analysis and synthesis) accompanied by statistical data organised in tables and figures.
Keywords: city administration, government structure, boundary reform, merger, Košice, Slovakia.
Article info: 152-160
Received: February 26, 2016 | Revised: July 8, 2016 | Accepted: September 12, 2016