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The Political Economy of Local Governance and Service Provision

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dc.contributor.author Dirmeyer, Jennifer
dc.creator Dirmeyer, Jennifer
dc.date 2009-04-28
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-14T17:46:14Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2009-07-14T17:46:14Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07-14T17:46:14Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/4561
dc.description.abstract Local governments have a large impact on the wellbeing of individuals. They are the providers if not the funders of most public services and they enact and enforce many of the laws that determine the productivity of individuals within the economy. This dissertation looks at three aspects of the effect of local governance incentives on public service provision. The first chapter looks at the relationship between federal funds and local governance. The analysis suggests that federal aid weakens the competitive discipline that Tiebout competition enforces on local governance resulting in greater incentives for corruption. The second chapter examines the effects of urban decline on disaster response and reconstruction. Cities that have experienced urban decline before a disaster experience coordination failures that result in slower population recovery. The final chapter compares the provision of flood protection by a centralized body, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with the potential provision by local governments. This chapter uses the analysis of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force’s Performance Evaluation of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System, released March 2007, to identify specific failings of centralized control.
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject public finance en_US
dc.subject corruption en_US
dc.subject Tiebout en_US
dc.subject Urban Reconstruction en_US
dc.subject public goods en_US
dc.title The Political Economy of Local Governance and Service Provision en
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Economics en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Economics en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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