Det Humanistiske og Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet

On Monday the 13 December 2021 Ole Kamp Høst will defend his PhD thesis ”The effects of sub-national government consolidations”

Invitation to PhD defence by Anders Kamp Høst

Title of thesis: The effects of sub-national government consolidations


13.12.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00



The PhD thesis assesses the effects of local and regional government amalgamations on the public sector efficiency, the quality of local democracy, and the local private-sector employment. The thesis exploits the large-scale structural reform in Denmark in 2007 and unique register and survey panel data. From the empirical evidence, it is concluded that the spatial centralisation of the sub-national government administration following amalgamations is crucial for understanding the effects of the sub-national government amalgamations on economies of scale in the public sector administration, spatial disparities in the quality of local democracy, and the spatial distribution of private sector employment.


”What are the most important effects of sub-national government reform and why is the Danish 2007 Structural Reform a good case to study these?”


As physical meetings and events are allowed as normal it is possible to participate in the defence online or in person. Please sign up at this link no later than 8 December 2021. You will receive a link to the online defence shortly before the defence. For any questions regarding registration, please contact the PhD administration at or +45 9940 9810.


13:00   Welcome by Moderator

13:05   PhD presentation (45 min)

13:50   Break

14:05   Opponents examination

15:35   Questions from the audience

16:00   End of defence

Members of the assessment committee

  • Professor Morten Balle Hansen, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University (formand)
  • Professor Vicki Johansson, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg
  • Associate Professor Niels Opstrup, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark



  • Associate Professor Hans Thor Andersen, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University



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Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University


Aalborg University, Kroghstræde 3, room 5.130 (Finsen), 9220 Aalborg East and online via Zoom

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08.12.2021 kl. 12.00

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