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Institutional Constraints and Policy Choice: An Exploration of Local Governance (Suny Series in Public Administration)

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- By: James C. Clingermayer(Author),Richard C. Feiock(Contributor)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:164
- Publisher: State University of New York Press (March 29, 2001)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: New, Used & Rental Textbooks
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Examines the institutional rules of the game that both shape and are shaped by human behavior, focusing on the local level arrangements.

This book could have a profound effect on how we both study and teach local government decision making. It encourages local government scholars to once again include variables representative of local institutional arrangements in equations seeking to explain local government decision making. J. Edwin Benton, University of South Florida Institutional Constraints and Policy Choice should be a standard among urban oriented graduate courses. It summarizes a broad literature and integrates the latest research and methods, and demonstrates the connection between theory, method, and hypothesis testing. It is the best book written on this topic. Max Neiman, University of California, Riverside""This book could have a profound effect on how we both study and teach local government decision making. It encourages local government scholars to once again include variables representative of local institutional arrangements in equations seeking to explain local government decision making." -- J. Edwin Benton, University of South Florida Institutional arrangements constitute the "rules of the game" for any civil and political society. To understand urban politics and policy making, including issues dealing with economic development, zoning, constituency representation, government borrowing, and service contract decisions, discovering institutional regularities is key. To achieve this the authors combine older institutional approaches emphasizing formal structure and governance organizations with newer approaches and transaction cost theory. Institutional Constraints and Policy Choice contends that institutional arrangements both shape and are shaped by human behavior, and when combined with contextual factors and the uncertainty associated with leadership turnover provide the basis of understanding how decisions are made at the level of local government.


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  • By Dr. Jones on May 20, 2010

    This book is a revelation for those of us concerned with governance institutions. Governance institutions matter because they affect the policy choices that lie before governing bodies. These institutions frame questions in predictable ways because they force consideration of various policy dynamics, as well as base decisions on certain values, over and over again. For example, governing bodies must also force people to achieve agreement to move ahead in formulating policy. These authors show how this process comes about and why the system works. They also highlight the benefits, and the very few costs, brought about governance institutions. What we find is that institutions make governing easier. This book is also well written and very informative at the same time. Get it and enjoy!!!!!!


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