I recently had the pleasure of writing a short blog post for the UIC Government Finance Research Center’s blog. The piece is a bit of a short explainer on special districts in the United States and a few fiscal issues that arise. It’s by no means comprehensive but part of a broader focus I have on writing more popular or policy focused work on these relatively hidden local governments. Below is the intro (I don’t have full re-print rights) and a link to the original.

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Over on Twitter, Dan Immergluck (GSU) asked about what municipal fragmentation in the U.S. at the metropolitan level looked like. I, an expert on local government fragmentation, saw it as my duty to get to the bottom of this. I have the data to do it. It only needs to be reworked slightly.

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Public Administration Quarterly is seeking papers for a symposium on special district management, edited by myself and Alex Henderson at Marist. You can find the full CfP below. Abstracts are due on November 15, 2020. Selected manuscripts are due for peer review on May 1, 2021 and PAQ expects publication in late 2021.

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Recent Work

  • “State Preemption of Local Laws: Origins and Modern Trends.“ Perspectives on Public Management & Governance 4 (2): 146-158. Abstract doi  pdf
  • “The Truth about Honesty in the Nonprofit Sector.” Public Administration Quarterly 45 (2): 188-210. Abstract doi  pdf
  • “The Consequences of Specialized Governance on Spending and Expansion of Public Transit.” Local Government Studies 47 (2): 296-311. Abstract doi  pdf
  • “Neighborhood Institutions and Residential Home Sales: Evaluating the Impact of Property Tax Exemptions” The Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics Abstract doi

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