Thursday, April 30, 2015
Fragmentation of local governments remains a key issue for land use law. A new research note by Rebecca Hendrick and Yu Shi, Macro-Level Determinants of Local Government Interaction: How Metropolitan Regions in the United States Compare, which appeared in the latest issue of Urban Affairs Review, is well worth the read. Here is the abstract:
Empirical and theoretical research on government competition and collaboration identifies several important macro-level characteristics that can affect these forms of interaction between local governments within the same large jurisdiction. These characteristics are fragmentation of governments, fiscal dispersion of governments, sorting of population by governments, and decentralized fiscal responsibility between state and local governments. This study presents indices to measure these characteristics and examines how metropolitan regions in the United States with populations greater than one million are distributed on these indices. The study also examines how these regions compare on conditions that are likely to motivate sales tax competition between municipal governments.
The article is behind a pay-wall so I will not reproduce more here, but it is worth digging up.
Details: Macro-Level Determinants of Local Government Interaction: How Metropolitan Regions in the United States Compare. Rebecca Hendrick and Yu Shi. Urban Affairs Review, May 2015; vol. 51: pp. 414-438, first published on April 15, 2014.