The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government

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288 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780878407538 (0878407537)

August 1999
LC: 96-46603

American Governance and Public Policy series



The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government
Kathryn A. Foster
In recent decades, local governments across America have increasingly turned specialized functions over to autonomous agencies ranging in scope from subdivision-sized water districts to multi-state transit authorities. This book is the first comprehensive examination of the causes and consequences of special-purpose governments in more than 300 metropolitan areas in the United States. It presents new evidence on the economic, political, and social implications of relying on these special districts while offering important findings about their use and significance.
Kathryn A. Foster is an associate professor of planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she is also the director of research for the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth.
Barry Rabe, Series Editor
"Combines sophisticated thinking with newly unearthed facts about the real world . . . combine[s] deep thought, new research, and a social warning light."—Planning