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COMPETITION OR COOPERATION IN URBAN SERVICE DELIVERY?

Authors

  • Mildred E. Warner

    1. Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
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    • Thanks to Amir Hefetz for help with data analysis. This work was supported in part by US Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture grant # 2011-68006-30793. Email: mew15@cornell.edu.


Abstract

ABSTRACT: Inter-municipal cooperation is now as common among US local governments as for profit privatization. This article uses data from a national survey in 2007 to explore the benefits of cooperation – economies of scale, service coordination across the metropolitan region and greater community control. While privatization reforms have focused on harnessing the benefits of a competitive market, cooperation may be the new frontier where economies of scale and efficiency gains can be achieved with governments working together in a new form of collaborative service delivery.

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