Metropolitan Governance(American Governance and Public Policy Series): Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation / Edition 1

Metropolitan Governance(American Governance and Public Policy Series): Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation / Edition 1

by Richard C. Feiock
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589010205

ISBN-13: 9781589010208

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

Overview

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 change—among other issues.

A one-of-a-kind, comprehensive analytical inquiry invaluable for students of political science, urban and regional planning, and public administration—as well as for scholars of urban affairs and urban politics and policymakers—Metropolitan Governance blazes new territory in the urban landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589010208
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Series:
American Governance and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

ContributorsIndex

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