Administrative-Territorial Reform

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Administrative-Territorial Reform

County Government Reform


Collection of articles: Administrative reform 2017 in Estonia

The aim of the collection is to provide a comprehensive overview of the central choices and processes of administrative reform. It can serve as the basis for further analysis of the results and impact of the administrative reform and it could be used as a learning resource for planning and implementing complex reforms in the future, even outside of Estonia.

The articles are analytical accounts of the main features of the recent reform process, written by experts familiar with the implementation of the administrative reform.

Full collection of articles: Administrative reform 2017 in Estonia


The Design of the Process of the Administrative Reform – Ave Viks

The Main Political Attitudes and Arguments Prior to the Administrative Reform: Why was it successful this time? – Argo Ideon

The Attitudes of the General Public toward the Administrative Reform 2013–2016 – Hella Kaldaru

The Principles and Legislative Choices Underlying the Administrative Reform – Olivia Taluste

In What Way Should the Preparations for the 2017 Administrative Reform Have Been Different and Why? – Sulev Mäeltsemees

The Central Criteria for the Administrative Reform: Why stipulate 5,000 and 11,000 residents? – Veiko Sepp, Rivo Noorkõiv

The Merger Negotiations Initiated by Municipal Councils – Mihkel Laan, Kersten Kattai, Rivo Noorkõiv, Georg Sootla

The Execution of Government-Initiated Mergers – Kaie Küngas

The Background Factors and Trends of the Administrative Reform – Rivo Noorkõiv

The Development and Dilemmas of Estonian Local Government from a European Perspective – Georg Sootla

Plans for the Administrative-Territorial Restructuring of Estonia from 1989 to 2005 – Madis Kaldmäe

To What Extent Did the Administrative Reform Take into Account Long-Term Changes in Settlement Structure and the Global Competitiveness of Localities? – Garri Raagmaa

The Merger Contracts Signed During the 2017 Administrative Reform – Mikk Lõhmus

Fifty-One Shades of Public Engagement – Sulev Valner

The Changes Made to Place Names in the Course of the Administrative Reform – Peeter Päll

The Transfer of Villages from One Municipality to Another – Rivo Noorkõiv, Mikk Lõhmus, Kersten Kattai

The Protection of the Constitutional Guarantees for Local Government during the Administrative-Territorial Reform – Vallo Olle, Liina Lust-Vedder

If You Dislike a Court Judgment, No Explanation Will Do – Priit Pikamäe

The Light and Dark of Administrative Reform at the County Level – Neeme Suur

The New Territorial Pattern in Estonia – Veiko Sepp

The Need to Reform the Estonian Local Government System from an Outside Perspective – Jüri Võigemast

Administrative Reform as Part of State Reform – Külli Taro

Lessons from the 2017 Administrative Reform – Airi Mikli

What Was Achieved with the Administrative Reform and What Remains to Be Done? – Arto Aas, Mihhail Korb, Jaak Aab

A Timeline of the Key Events of the Administrative Reform 2015–2017