Economics at your fingertips  

Privatization and Intermunicipal Contracting: The US Local Government Experience 1992–2007

Amir Hefetz, Mildred E Warner and Eran Vigoda-Gadot
Additional contact information
Amir Hefetz: School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Mildred E Warner: 215 W Sibley Hall, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Eran Vigoda-Gadot: School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel

Environment and Planning C, 2012, vol. 30, issue 4, 675-692

Abstract: Local government scholars are giving increasing attention to market solutions to urban service delivery. Intermunicipal contracting and privatization are two market approaches to reaching economies of scale. Using national data on over one thousand municipalities from across the United States for the 1992–2007 period, we explore the differences between intermunicipal contracting and privatization and assess how the use of these market approaches relates to efficiency, scale, and public engagement factors. Using probit models for each of four survey years (1992, 1997, 2002, 2007), we find these market solutions are only partial responses to the problem of regional coordination and exhibit important differences with respect to place, management, and political concerns. These market solutions exhibit limited efficiency, equity, and voice benefits.

Keywords: local government; privatization; intermunicipal contracting; rural; urban (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

DOI: 10.1068/c11166

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Environment and Planning C
Bibliographic data for series maintained by SAGE Publications ().

Page updated 2022-03-21
Handle: RePEc:sae:envirc:v:30:y:2012:i:4:p:675-692