City-County Consolidation and Its Alternatives: Reshaping the Local Government Landscape

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Jered B. Carr, Richard C. Feiock
M.E. Sharpe, Jul 19, 2004 - Political Science - 323 pages
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City-country consolidation builds upon the Progressive tradition of favoring structural reform of local governments. This volume looks at some important issues confronting contemporary efforts to consolidate governments and develops a theoretical approach to understanding both the motivations for pursuing consolidation and the way the rules guiding the process shape the outcome. Individual chapters consider the push for city-county consolidation and the current context in which such decisions are debated, along with several alternatives to city-county consolidation. The transaction costs of city-county consolidation are compared against the costs of municipal annexation, inter-local agreements, and the use of special district governments to achieve the desired consolidation of services. The final chapters compare competing perspectives for and against consolidation and put together some of the pieces of an explanatory theory of local government consolidation.
 

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Contents

Consolidation as a Local Government Reform
25
Do Consolidation Entrepreneurs Make a Deal with the Devil?
39
Issues of Scale and Transaction Costs in CityCounty
55
Annexation as a Form of Consolidation
87
Interlocal Agreements as an Alternative to Consolidation
113
Revolutionary Local Constitutional Change
155
The Politics of CityCounty Consolidation
183
Local Government Amalgamation from the Top Down
219
Making the Case for and Against CityCounty Consolidation
246
Institutional Choice Collective Action and Governance
291
About the Editors and Contributors
311
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