Metropolitan Governance(American Governance and Public Policy Series): Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation / Edition 1by Richard C. Feiock
Pub. Date: 09/15/2004
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Metropolitan Governance is the first book to bring together competing perspectives on the question and consequences of centralized vs. decentralized regional government. Presenting original contributions by some of the most notable names in the field of urban politics, this volume examines the organization of governments in metropolitan areas, and how that/i>
Metropolitan Governance is the first book to bring together competing perspectives on the question and consequences of centralized vs. decentralized regional government. Presenting original contributions by some of the most notable names in the field of urban politics, this volume examines the organization of governments in metropolitan areas, and how that has an effect on both politics and policy.
Existing work on metropolitan governments debates the consequences of interjurisdictional competition, but neglects the role of cooperation in a decentralized system. Feiock and his contributors provide evidence that local governments successfully cooperate through a web of voluntary agreements and associations, and through collective choices of citizens. This kind of "institutional collective action" is the glue that holds institutionally fragmented communities together.
The theory of institutional collective action developed here illustrates the dynamics of decentralized governance and identifies the various ways governments cooperate and compete. Metropolitan Governance provides insight into the central role that municipal governments play in the governance of metropolitan areas. It explores the theory of institutional collective action through empirical studies of land use decisions, economic development, regional partnerships, school choice, morality issues, and boundary changeamong other issues.
A one-of-a-kind, comprehensive analytical inquiry invaluable for students of political science, urban and regional planning, and public administrationas well as for scholars of urban affairs and urban politics and policymakersMetropolitan Governance blazes new territory in the urban landscape.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and TablesPreface
Part One: Theoretical Explorations1. Introduction: Regionalism and Institutional Collective ActionRichard C. Feiock
2. The Study of Metropolitan GovernanceRonald J. Oakerson
3. Game-Theoretic Models of Metropolitan CooperationAnnette Steinacker
4. Metropolitan Area Governance and Institutional Collective ActionStephanie S. Post
Part Two: Empirical Investigations5. An Old Debate Confronts New Realities: Large Suburbs and Economic Development in the MetropolisPaul G. Lewis
6. Courting Business: Competition for Economic Development among CitiesMartin Johnson and Max Neiman
7. Institutional Collective Action: Social Capital and the Formation of Regional Partnerships
Richard C. Feiock, Jill Tao, and Linda Johnson
8. Metropolitan Structure and the Sex BusinessElaine B. Sharp
9. Charter Schools as a Tool to Reform Local Schools by Transforming GovernanceMark Schneider and Jack Buckley
10. Whose Game Do We Play? Local Government Boundary Change and Metropolitan GovernanceJered B. Carr
11. Concluding Thoughts: Regionalism, Urban Politics, and GovernanceRichard C. Feiock
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