Developments in Local Government Finance: Theory and Policy

Developments in Local Government Finance: Theory and Policy

by Giancarlo Pola
     
 

ISBN-10: 1858983770

ISBN-13: 9781858983776

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

Local communities in all countries are increasingly aware of resource scarcity and are pressing for more say in how public funds are used. Developments in Local Government Finance examines key issues for economists interested in local government and, in particular, the functioning of institutions at regional and local levels. Local government organization and finance…  See more details below

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Local communities in all countries are increasingly aware of resource scarcity and are pressing for more say in how public funds are used. Developments in Local Government Finance examines key issues for economists interested in local government and, in particular, the functioning of institutions at regional and local levels. Local government organization and finance is addressed from a variety of approaches by the authors who critically examine the current intergovernmental distribution of responsibility for service provision and revenue raising. Adopting a multilateral approach to theory and policy, this major book stresses the need for real, and not just formal, devolution and greater local accountability. The contributors highlight how instruments for financing local government and for pursuing interpersonal and geographical equity can vary considerably between countries with broadly similar systems, yet be surprisingly similar for countries with quite different institutional arrangements. Particular reference is made to emerging problems in the European Union and the experience of Switzerland, a country where fiscal federalism and tax harmonization are living together in a unique equilibrium of forces.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858983776
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgement
Introduction
In Memoriam: Werner W. Pommerehne
1Who Uses Local Public Services? Need, Demand and Rationing in Action3
2On the Use of Statistical Techniques to Infer Territorial Spending Needs24
3Judgement and Analysis: Developing Indexes of Economic and Social Deprivation for Local Authority Financing40
4A Model of Optimum Local Authority Size55
5Impacts of Economic Change on a Local Business Tax Base: The Case of the French 'Taxe Professionnelle'79
6Local Public Spending in France: The Case of Welfare Programmes at the Departement Level97
7Local Authorities' Expenditure Behaviour in Italy and Regional Differences115
8The Short-Period Macroeconomic Incidence and Effects of State and Local Taxes135
9Changing Perceptions of the Role of Local Government with Particular Reference to the United Kingdom159
10Governance of Two National Health Services: Italy and the United Kingdom Compared179
11Local Autonomy and the European Union Structural Fund Transfers: The Special Case of Regional Policy209
12The Requirement of a Balanced Local Budget: Theory and Evidence from the Swiss Experience228
13The Political Economy of State and Local Tax Structure253
14European Integration and Local Government Finance273
15Tax Harmonization and Tax Competition at State-Local Levels: Lessons from Switzerland292
Index331

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