Dr. Victor Osei Kwadwo

Inter-Municipal Cooperation and Environmental Outcomes Impact, drivers and incentives

Year: 2022

António Tavares and Tatiana Skripka


The literature shows that inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) is essential to address collective action problem. Previous studies have extensively discussed the relationship between IMC and economic outcomes, but the relationship between IMC and environmental outcomes is understudied. In five chapters (an introductory chapter, three empirical chapters and a concluding chapter), this thesis contributes to the literature by broadly addressing the question “How does IMC impact environmental outcomes, and under which conditions can it emerge in metropolitan areas?”. In answering the question, varied methodological approaches (regression analysis, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and game theory) are used. Three core research and policy contributions emerge. First, while cities are unilaterally taking on the climate change mantle, the findings indicate that it is worthwhile for scholars and practitioners to continue advocating a coupling of local thinking with global and national scales of action in order to secure a reduction in negative environmental outcomes. Secondly, the thesis highlights that accounting for contextually defined incentives such as finances in the African context and other political realities remains critical to IMC success. Lastly, this thesis suggests that, although not easy, both personal and collective gains in ensuring IMC around environmental challenges can be realised.

Selected publications by Victor Osei Kwadwo

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Vincent, Rose & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2022, `Spatial interdependence and spillovers of fiscal grants in Benin: Static and dynamic diffusions, World Development, 158, More information
Frimpong Boamah, Emmanuel, Vanessa Watson, Clifford Amoako, Wes Grooms, Davina Osei, Victor Osei Kwadwo, Andy Bonaventure Nyamekye, Kahad Adamu & Gabriel K. Appiah (eds.), 2021, `Planning Corruption or Corrupting Planning?, Journal of the American Planning Association, More information
Osei Kwadwo, Victor & Tatiana Skripka, 2021, `Metropolitan governance and environmental outcomes: does inter-municipal cooperation make a difference?, Local Government Studies, More information
Bedea, Claudia & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2020, `Opportunistic Sub-Regionalism: The dialectics of EU- Central-Eastern European relations, Journal of European Integration, 43, More information
Hajzeri, Arlinda & Victor Osei Kwadwo (eds.), 2019, `Investigating integration of edible plants in urban open spaces, Land Use Policy, 84, More information
Osei Kwadwo, Victor & Obaa Akua Konadu, 2019, `Can Ghana Afford the Sustainable Development Goal on Education?, African Education Review, More information
Osei Kwadwo, Victor & E Boadi Mensah (eds.), 2016, `District Creation In Ghana:, ImaniGhana, More information
Adei, D, Victor Osei Kwadwo & S.K Diko, 2012, `An Assessment of the Kwabre District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana, Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 4

Book chapters
Borgomeo, Edoardo, Claire Chase, Nicolas Salazar Godoy & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2023, Improving Governance: Policy, Institutions, Regulations and Financing, in: Borgomeo, Eduardo; Chase, Claire; Salazar Godoy, Nicolas; Osei Kwadwo, Victor, Rising from the Depths: Water Security and Fragility in South Sudan, World Bank, Washington, DC, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Konte, Maty, Victor Osei Kwadwo & Tatenda Zinyemba, 2019, Women's political and reproductive health empowerment in Africa: A literature review, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-044
Chongcharoentanawat, Patima, Kaleab Haile, Bart Kleine Deters, Tamara A. Kool & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2016, The affordability of the Sustainable Development Goals: A myth or reality?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-027

Research reports
Osei Kwadwo, Victor & Emmanuel Buadi Mensah, 2016, District creation in Ghana: A political expedience or poverty alleviation mechanism?, Imani Center for Policy and Education, More information

Conference contributions
Osei Kwadwo, Victor & Tatiana Skripka, 2017, Metropolitan governance cooperation and long term environmental objectives: A three-level hierarchical linear model analysis, European Urban Research Association (EURA) Conference ‘Cities Locked in Networks’, 21-24 June 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Osei Kwadwo, Victor, 2022, Inter-Municipal Cooperation and Environmental Outcomes Impact, drivers, and incentives, PhD dissertation Maastricht University