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Fragmentation, Fiscal Mobility and Efficiency

Dowding, Keith; Mergoupis, Thanos

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This article examines whether greater fragmentation in local government improves efficiency. Tiebout (1956) "exiting" is the general theoretical underpinning for the belief that fragmentation should improve efficiency. The article argues that previous evidence for the greater efficiency of fragmented government is weak because the complex nature of many local government systems is not consistent with the institutional structures supposed in the models and does not allow for simple testing....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDowding, Keith
dc.contributor.authorMergoupis, Thanos
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:46:22Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/25747
dc.description.abstractThis article examines whether greater fragmentation in local government improves efficiency. Tiebout (1956) "exiting" is the general theoretical underpinning for the belief that fragmentation should improve efficiency. The article argues that previous evidence for the greater efficiency of fragmented government is weak because the complex nature of many local government systems is not consistent with the institutional structures supposed in the models and does not allow for simple testing. Using evidence from England where institutional structures more closely resemble those in the Tiebout model, efficiency is analyzed both at the jurisdictional and metropolitan level in a straightforward manner. No evidence for the supposed positive effects of fragmentation is found. Voice mechanisms may explain why fiscal mobility does not lead to efficiency in the fragmented system of metropolitan England.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.sourceJournal of Politics
dc.titleFragmentation, Fiscal Mobility and Efficiency
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume65
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor160510 - Public Policy
local.identifier.absfor160514 - Urban Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4317071xPUB40
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDowding, Keith, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMergoupis, Thanos, Queen's University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1190
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1207
local.identifier.doi10.1111/1468-2508.t01-1-00132
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:40:52Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0242511065
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