Conflict Over Rules: The Structure of Community Politics

Dissertation, Michigan State University (1987)

Federalism is a complex political economic structure that influences private and public resource allocation. The role of federalism has not been well stated because of the underdevelopment of federalism theory. This dissertation provides a coherent theory of federalism with applications to economic development policy choices and growth rates. The dissertation assesses these topics in Chapter Two by reviewing the relevant normative social choice theories of federal structures. Chapter Three describes the historical development of metropolitan competition under state home rule induced fragmentation. Chapter Four provides an direct analysis of community tax price competition. Chapter Five analyzes the latest state efforts to compete with differentiated development policy packages. Chapter Six links economic growth rates to organizational activity within state political systems. Thus I begin with a structural framework, explain the competitive behavior observable within this framework, and conclude with some analysis of long term consequences for economic performance
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