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

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This book examines the organization of governments in metropolitan areas and the consequences of the types of organization for both politics and policy. It will be the first book to bring together competing perspectives on the question of centralized vs. decentralized regional government, written by some of the top people in the field (whose books I've been pursuing). In particular, it explores the dynamics of decentralized systems of governance and the ways governments cooperate and compete. Some of the themes throughout the book include social capital, institutional collective action, the role of special districts, and the conflict between efficiency and equity.

Individual chapters look at different theories of governance (the process of governing, as opposed to the institutions), the politics of choice of the type of government, the role of suburbs, and some specific hot topics: local economic development initiatives, the role of the suburbs, morality laws, charter schools, and globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589010208
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,027,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Feiock is a professor of public administration and policy at Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Preface

Part One: Theoretical Explorations1. Introduction: Regionalism and Institutional Collective Action Richard C. Feiock

2. The Study of Metropolitan Governance Ronald J. Oakerson

3. Game-Theoretic Models of Metropolitan Cooperation Annette Steinacker

4. Metropolitan Area Governance and Institutional Collective Action Stephanie S. Post

Part Two: Empirical Investigations5. An Old Debate Confronts New Realities: Large Suburbs and Economic Development in the Metropolis Paul G. Lewis

6. Courting Business: Competition for Economic Development among Cities Martin 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 Business Elaine B. Sharp

9. Charter Schools as a Tool to Reform Local Schools by Transforming Governance Mark Schneider and Jack Buckley

10. Whose Game Do We Play? Local Government Boundary Change and Metropolitan Governance Jered B. Carr

11. Concluding Thoughts: Regionalism, Urban Politics, and Governance Richard C. Feiock


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