The Intergovernmental Context of Alternative Service Delivery Choices

Skip Krueger, Robert W. Walker, Ethan Bernick
2011 Publius: The Journal of Federalism  
This paper evaluates the impact that states have on local governance decisions. We suggest that when states impose constraints on less politically costly tools for funding local services, cities turn to alternative service delivery mechanisms to solve the problems of inefficiency often generated by diseconomies of scale and jurisdictional externalities. But when states constrain those other mechanisms, the relative merits of outsourcing increase. Using data on alternative service delivery
more » ... vice delivery choices made by cities, we find that our theory is generally supported.
doi:10.1093/publius/pjr035 fatcat:gmpqqihoonh5vjapncvsznudzi