Metropolitan Governance

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272 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781589010208 (1589010205)

August 2004
LC: 2004005614

American Governance and Public Policy series


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Metropolitan Governance
Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation
Richard C. Feiock, Editor
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.
Richard C. Feiock is a professor of public administration and policy at Florida State University.
Gerard W. Boychuk, Karen Mossberger, and Mark C. Rom, Series Editors
"What should we do about important public policy problems, from transportation to economic growth, that no longer fit the boundaries of our local governments? In this important new book, Feiock and his colleagues examine the role that area-wide strategies for governance can play. They look at the potential, through cooperation, and some of the problems, the competition. The result is an unusually thoughtful look at one of the most important issues of American politics."—Donald F. Kettl, professor of public affairs and political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Part One: Theoretical Explorations

1. 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 Investigations

5. 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


Jack Buckley Jered B. Carr Richard C. Feiock Linda Johnson Martin Johnson Paul G. Lewis Max Neiman Ronald J. Oakerson Stephanie S. Post Mark Schneider Elaine B. Sharp Annette Steinacker Jill Tao