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Local Government Institutions


                  Richard C. Feiock
                      May 2009

          LeRoy Collins Institute ~ Carol Weissert, Ph. D., Director
     FSU Campus ~ 506 W Pensacola Street Tallahassee FL 32306-1601
                      850-644-1441 ~ 850-644-1442 fax
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Ongoing Work on Local Governance Institutions

  – Data Collection of Local Political Systems
    and Institutions
  – Survey of Intergovernmental Collaboration



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Political Institutions - What is being studied?

   – Forms of Government
   – Council Structure and Representation
   – Direct Democracy Provisions
   – Turnover in Office

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Political Institutions - Why are they important?

   – Performance and Decision making
      • Incentives
      • Motivations
      • Time Horizons/ Uncertainty


   – Institutional Change or Reform
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• Political Institutions - Data Collection Strategy
  – Longitudinal information for 30 years
  – City and County Level
  – Five Stage Process
      •   ICMA surveys at 5 year intervals
      •   FLC and FAC annual directories
      •   Online Search
      •   Municipal Code Charter Search
      •   Interviews with City/County Clerks
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• Intergovernmental Collaboration - What is being
  studied?
   – Multiple Related Service Areas
     • Economic Development
     • Land Use
     • Energy/Resource Management
  – Forms of Collaboration
     • Contracts
     • Interlocal Agreements
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Intergovernmental Collaboration: Why is
    it important?

  1. Performance and Efficiency
        – Intergovernmental spillovers
        – Economies of scale
  2. Institutional Change or Reform


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Intergovernmental Collaboration - Data Collection
    Strategy
   – Internet/Mail Survey
   – All Local Governments in Metropolitan Areas
   – Time Line
     •   Fall 2009: Implement Survey
     •   Spring 2010: Merge data and conduct analysis
     •   Summer 2010: Final Report

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