In Turkey, inefficiencies in municipal service provision have been always attributed to the size of municipalities. Particularly since the 2000s, the boundaries of the municipalities have been changed through successive legal arrangements with the aim of increasing municipal service provision. The final and most important amendment about rescaling municipalities was enacted through the Law No 6360 in 2012 which established 14 new metropolitan municipalities in Turkey. Also with this law, boundaries of the metropolitan municipalities were expanded to correspond to provincial boundaries, the small scale municipalities and villages were abolished and certain municipal services were delegated to the metropolitan municipalities. The major assertion of the Law No 6360 was 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 this article is to determine the effects of changing municipal boundaries on municipal services. The research area is Hatay Metropolitan Municipality which was established by the Law No 6360. This dissertation focuses on water and sewage services of Hatay which was delegated to metropolitan municipality by the law. Positive and negative effects of the boundary changes on water and wastewater services in Hatay were analyzed through interviews with neighbourhood headmen. At the end, the article finds out if the Law No 6360 has achieved its goals in Hatay on the example of water and sewerage services.
Municipal boundaries, service provision, efficiency, water and sewage services